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“Guided tours of this historic Cemetery - very interesting and free (but please give a donation)”
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General Cemetery
Ranked #52 of 175 things to do in Sheffield
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 1 July 2012

On the first Sunday of every month at 2.00 p.m. there's a free guided tour of this historic cemetery, highlighting its history (opened in the 1830s) and recounting the lives of some of those buried in the graves. The guide is excellent and very informative, he kept the group's interest throughout the tour (which lasts about 1 and a quarter hours). Much of the cemetry has fallen into neglect over the past 50 years or more, although this has created an inner city wildlife oasis for wildlife. Most of the route isn't suitable for people with mobility difficulties and you need to dress appropriately for a wildlife walk.
So muchstill needs restoring, although the tour is free please make a donation to assist the efforts of the volunteers who work here. There are also other events throughout the year, including events for children, check their website.

7  Thank jazzmavericksir
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Reviewed 17 June 2012

I live on the doorstep of the Gen Cem and despite hacing visited it many, many times I am always drawn back to it. A lot of the paths have been cleared and there is a large, open green area for ball sports or picnicing, so ignore the bad review! There is also a lot of interesting undergrowth to explore and it is teeming with nature. It can be really interesting to look at al the graves, especially if you are interested in local history at all - the Cole Brothers are buried here as well as other Sheffield business-people and interesting local characters. If you don't fancy exploring on your own, the Cemetery Trust offer knowledgable themed tours which will give you a guide to the "residents", and if I remember rightly they are free/a dontation. A great visit for a relaxing stroll, chilling out, and a lovely site for taking pictures. Only downside is a lot of the graves get vandalised, the people who are resposible for the Cemetery do keep things in order as best they can but some people obviously don't respect this awesome place!

4  Thank samcatbear
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Reviewed 28 May 2012

the graves are really interesting, sad and fascinating at the same time, its a relaxing place but creepy in parts

2  Thank ChrissyW156
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Reviewed 12 January 2012

A cemetary doesn't strike you as the first place you would choose to wander through or go for a stroll but this one is different; its more of a journey back in time and can really get the imagination flowing (writers take note)

If you are in the area and fancy a walk down from Sharrow to Ecclesall Road (or vice versa) which doesn't involve bricks, tarmac, cars and buses then I strongly recommend you meander your way through here. The cemetary was in use from the early to mid 1800's right up until 1978 and now is classified as a historic park or garden.

There are several interesting structures that are part of the cemetary: The 2 chapels of which the Non-conformist is in a classical style and the Anglican is in an impressive Neo-Gothic style; the 2 gateways are notable as are the catacombs. There are a few other structures but I recommend a visit to the cemetary to discover these.

A misty autumnal walk through the cemetary is by far my favourite, but its a great place to go and visit any time of the year, anytime of the day (although I'd avoid it after dark as it might get a bit spooky)

3  Thank JHRed
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Reviewed 30 October 2010

Spent an enjoyable hour searchnig for th grave of an ancestor - I love this sort of place - lots of history and atmosphere - but some wouldn't (a cemetery).
If you're looking for an ancestor there is a good index online but there's no chance of finding a grave without the help of a volunteer (donation required) because the place is massive and, though the paths are very well maintained, some of the areas are fairly overgrown - however, getting the help of a volunteer is well worth doing as the volunteer we had was so informative about the place and made it so much more interesting.

2  Thank AndyLondonSW
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