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“Crumbling Beauty.”
Review of General Cemetery

General Cemetery
Ranked #48 of 169 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 4 October 2013

This is a stunning Victorian cemetery, it has suffered from vandalism in the years since its closure for new burials but is maintained by - as far as I can tell - a group of attentive volunteers who don't exhibit the overzealous nature I've seen elsewhere. It is overgrown in places, and it suffers still from the inevitable ravages of vandals, but that's almost part of the character of it. The cemetery is a monument (or monuments!) to the industrial greatness and wealth of the city with the Egyptian architecture is like something from a film and the prominent chapels towering over the monuments, grand and less-so of Sheffield notables and residents from days gone by.

1  Thank Christian T
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Reviewed 25 August 2013

This cemetery is a dreadful disgrace. It is a piece of important history that has become completely derelict. The Church is a shell and the Chapel boarded over. It is a place I expected to find used needles though fortunately I didn't. I think local people care too much to allow this but it is a place derelict enough to suggest it. It is not necessarily a slur on Sheffield and its people, that it has got into such a state. It is more about the enormous cost a place like this would be to restore and then maintain. It is not Sheffield's disgrace it is a national disgrace. Visit this place because it is fascinating and important. The paths have been restored for you to enjoy but expect something really shocking. I have given four stars because I think people should see it because it is important not because it is pleasant. It has a wealth of social history buried under a mess of weeds. The stones are wearing away and the catacombs collapsing.

Thank maggie F
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Reviewed 22 July 2013

I have recently become interested in my family history as I now have time to do some research. My father always used to tell me that there were relatives buried in the General Cemetery but I didn't know where it was until I found it on an old map. I visited with my mother on Sunday and was amazed that such an important part of the history of Sheffield was being left to decay as the volunteers who try and maintain it are so under resourced. The history of Victorian Sheffield is here and I believe it is an unrecognised gem that in years to come there will be many who will regret that nothing much was done to preserve the space and the buildings. I don't live in Sheffield now otherwise I'd join the volunteers and do what I could to help preserve this historical gem.

1  Thank barbara413
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Reviewed 17 March 2013

The cemetery is close to my home and is a great little place to go for a jog or take the dogs for a walk. Everything except the entrance is overgrown and most of the buildings have fallen into disrepair and boarded against entry. You can incorporate the Frog Walk into your visit as the river and the walk run along the north side of the cemetery.

1  Thank Rachel H
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Reviewed 14 September 2012

This is one of the oldest cemteries in the city. It has become rather wild and overgrown over the years although attempts have been made to restore it as much as possible. There is so much history of our City's past to be foun here. There are the graves of many names that were once well known in the city, because here are buried many of the great steel masters,in their imposing tombs. The most luscious blackberries I ever ate were picked here when it was at its most neglected.

1  Thank Patricia P
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