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Review of The Old Cemetery

The Old Cemetery
Ranked #38 of 130 things to do in Southampton
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Owner description: Consecrated in 1843, this is one of England's earliest municipal cemeteries, and is a well-established stop on the graveyard "hunters" trail.
Reviewed July 29, 2013

Great place to visit just to look at the history and look at the old gravestones and memorials, etc Shame the grass isn't cut very often and it is a bit overgrown in places

Thank LornaWestie
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Reviewed June 9, 2013

This is a lovely spot of Southampton. Right next to The Common, you can meander through the old graves, reading about the lives of people past. It's shocking to see how short some people's lives were, and how many children died as infants. There are also a couple of graves of people who died on Titanic. On a lovely sunny day, it's a lovely quiet place to reflect upon your life, and be thankful.

Thank LoveBrighton64
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Reviewed June 8, 2013

This is a great place to visit if you go with one of the volunteer guides. You can pick what interest you, e.g. Titanic, Pubs or shopkeepers. The volunteers are so enthusiastic and each has their own passion so are likely to go off on a tangent when passing interesting graves. The setting is lovely and if you like birds, you can spot them whilst listening to the history of the town.

Thank Newforestpat
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Reviewed May 7, 2013

What a fascinating place the old cemetery is. Its history can be found detailed on the Friends of Southampton Cemetery website and is well worth learning a little about. Nestling alongside Southampton Common and set out to be a delightful garden for peace and reflection as well as a last resting place, it evokes the solid values of our Victorian forebears. Scrutiny of the graves provides a first class history lesson from the mid 1800s onward.
In addition to memorials to some of Southampton's more notable citizens, graves can be found of many of the relatives of those who died on RMS Titanic. There is a separate and peaceful corner dedicated to those of the Jewish faith and be sure to look for the headstone of Charles Rawden MacLean (known also as John Ross), a Frazerburgh man who befriended King Shaka Zulu and became a staunch opponent of slavery. There are many other fascinating headstones and memorials to discover too.
The cemetery is also the home to a wide array of flaura and fauna, and efforts are made to maintain a balance between the needs of the site as an historical cemetery and the preservation of its wild life.
A great and interesting place to learn lots about Southampton.

Thank SouthamptonMerrily
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Reviewed March 15, 2013

Plenty of historical interest and well explained on notice boards. Worth an hours explore. Would not venture in after dark.

Thank B0bbritt0n
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