This was the first Commonwealth War Grave Commission ( CWGC)Cemetery, that I visited nearly 15 years ago, purely by accident following a trip to the Menin Gate. It had such an effect, that I subsequently spent 11 consecutive November Armistice Commemorations in Ieper and led to hobby of researching WW1. I have visited numerous CWGC cemeteries around the world , but this one must surely be the most tranquil and thought provoking. I found this cemetery, due to signposts by the Menin Gate and it is an enjoyable walk along the Ramparts overlooking the moat. Be careful with young children as there is quite a drop, it may also be testing for very old people or those with mobility problems. If so park near the Lille Gate, which is the location of the cemetery Ramparts Lille Gate. I make a point of photographing the cemetery on every visit from the same point overlooking the moat, whose water makes it so tranquil. The cemetery was designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield, who als designed the Cross of Sacrifice you see in cemeteries with 40 or more burials. He also designed the Menin Gate. There are 198 burials in the cemetery. Near the cross of sacrifice, you will see a headstone that looks different to the others. The Portland Limestone used in CWGC cemeteries is very porous and wears, so the CWGC have started using Botocelli stone which looks similar from a distance but is less porous. Near the gate is the bronze register box, which contains the list of burials and a visitors comment book, which is worth a read to see the effect, thoughts of other visitors. To fully appreciate the cemetery, walk across the Lille Gate Bridge and view the cemetery from the otherside of the moat. It on a clear, windless day produces a fantastic mirror image in the moat. The famous author Rose Coombes, who produced When Endeavours Fade, a fantastic guide to WW1, memorials etc. had her ashes scattered here after her death. The location of the Cemetery, is in an important area as most soldiers went to the front via the nearby Lille Gate, not the Menin Gate which was under observation. Underneath the Rampart arch on the wall are original battlefoeld cemetery marker signs used by forerunner of CWGC, the Imperial War Grave Commission. Nearby excellent Ramparts Museum and Cafe to relax in.
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.