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Address: The Gate House Cemetery Avenue | Cemetery Avenue, Sheffield S11 8NT, England
Phone Number: +44 114 268 3486
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12:00 pm - 4:30 pm
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Hours:
Mon 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tue 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Wed 12:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Thu 10:30 am - 2:00 pm
Fri 12:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Description:

The General Cemetery opened in 1836 'at some distance in the countryside'...

The General Cemetery opened in 1836 'at some distance in the countryside' in a 'remote and undisturbed' location. It became established as the principal burial ground in Victorian Sheffield containing the graves of 87,000 people.

The site today is a Grade II* listed park which is the highest listed in Sheffield, and one of only four in South Yorkshire. It is a Conservation Area, Local Nature Reserve and Area of Natural History Interest.

One of the earliest commercial cemeteries in Britain, it contains the largest collection of listed buildings and monuments in Sheffield, ten in total including Grade II listed catacombs, Anglican Chapel and monuments with the Gatehouse, Non-conformist Chapel and the Egyptian Gateway, each listed at Grade II*.

There is the largest single grave plot in the country, holding the bodies of 96 paupers.

It is also home to many important figures in Sheffield history such as Mark Firth, the steel manufacturer, and Samuel Holberry, the Chartist.

The Cemetery was closed for burial in 1978, when half the Cemetery was demolished to make way for a green space.

The Sheffield General Cemetery Trust carries out education tours and workshops; conservation work to maintain and enhance the monuments, the landscape and the paths; and historical research of the Cemetery and its occupants. The aim is to encourage everyone to enjoy this historical site by walking its paths, learning its history or simply as a quiet place to sit and contemplate.

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A lovely work in the sun and there is a beautiful temple building in the middle so much history would love to do a proper tour of the place

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 18, 2016
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Ok but not much happening. Residents unfriendly and lifeless.Buildings dire the Caffè only served blood and guts.

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016

A lovely work in the sun and there is a beautiful temple building in the middle so much history would love to do a proper tour of the place

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Sheffield
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2016

Brilliant piece of history right in the centre. Make sure you get a guided tour with one of the interesting and knowledge guides who will bring the place to life (as it were!) All the great and the good of Sheffield are in here as well as the odd surprise. Just love it

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Thank Jim S
Sheffield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2016

This cemetery is fascinating, full of such interesting social history and the website is wonderful too. Love it.

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Thank planetdeb
Sheffield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2016

I found myself with a spare half an hour and spent a lovely time exploring this cemetery recently on a sunny day.

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Thanks for taking the time to leave a review, we're glad you enjoyed your visit and hope to see you again soon! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2016

Have been through the cemetery hundreds of times and today went on a little guided tour which was very interesting despite the inclement weather. The cemetery has always been a nice place for a walk and it was really good to have a little more info about it. Would really recommend the tour - just be aware that it is... More 

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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2016 via mobile

We stumbled across the cemetery after a meal on Eccleshall Road. It has a feel of grandeur from times past and it holds many famous residents such as Firth of Sheffield University fame. We loved the architecture and the quiet green feel of the place.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2016

This is an astonishing find in the city, somewhat overgrown but with magnificent memorials to the great and the good in Victorian Sheffield.

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Thank rabjohn
Leeds, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2015

The cemetery used to be a real place of adventure before the council turned much of it into a rather grotty park. Still worth a visit if you're in that part of Sheffield though.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2015

I have lived in Sheffield many years and only now found myself visiting this wondrous place.I took a morning stroll round here on a Saturday morning .It is only 2 mins away from the bustling shops and restaurants of Ecclesall road to come across the different world of the general cemetery. It is so sad so many stones are still... More 

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