Wardsend Cemetery, Sheffield - November 2016

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stinkywitch

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We visited Wardsend Cemtery - an abandoned Victorian Cemetery, hidden behind a casino, college and scrapyard. We would have not known it was there unless we had done some research beforehand.

Wardsend Cemetery was created in 1831 in response to a shortage of burial space, by Rev. John Livesey. There seems to have been no major issues, until 1862, when the reverand and the cemetery sexton were accused of disinterring newly buried bodies and selling them on for dissection, resulting in a riot by the local people. (Source: Friends of Wardsend Cemetery - Home)

Doing my own research, there is very little about this cemetery. Reading through the Sheffield History forum, local residents can remember the now demolished chapel and sexton's house, and many report it having an eerie feeling.

The day was cold, but dry, but would still recommend sturdy boots as the cemetery rests on quite a steep hill. The headstones are very close together and due to the age, are not very safe. The cemetery at the top of the hill is covered in knotweed, so impossible to navigate, however we still managed to get quite a few photos of the rest of the cemetery.

What we didn't realise is there are further graves over the railway line that runs at the top of the hill. A trip back is in order to capture the rest of the site.

Hope you enjoy :)

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Thank you for fixing that, I do love a good Victorian cemetery! Welcome again.
 

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Very nice report. Like many of the Victorian cemeteries located near prosperous towns /cities, this location and its extension contain some really striking headstones. All fine examples of the Monumental Mason's art - and on some it is Art, not just fine craftsmanship!

Pick the right time of year to visit again and you will really enjoy yourself Stinkywitch. Many years ago places like this would allow me an hour or twos escape from what could be a very stressful job.
 

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Very nice report. Like many of the Victorian cemeteries located near prosperous towns /cities, this location and its extension contain some really striking headstones. All fine examples of the Monumental Mason's art - and on some it is Art, not just fine craftsmanship!

Pick the right time of year to visit again and you will really enjoy yourself Stinkywitch. Many years ago places like this would allow me an hour or twos escape from what could be a very stressful job.

Thanks - I love the old cemeteries, as you say, some of the headstones are art and are magnificent! Just in the process of uploading my photos from our trip to Undercliffe Cemetery - truely took my breath away!
 

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You deserve credit for persistence in getting your pics up, I'm glad you did cause I enjoyed looking at em, If you do go back I'd love to see some shots of the memorials in the knotweed, Thanks
 

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You deserve credit for persistence in getting your pics up, I'm glad you did cause I enjoyed looking at em, If you do go back I'd love to see some shots of the memorials in the knotweed, Thanks

Thank you! We don't live too far away, so another trip up will be happening at some point. Will get some pics of the memorials in knotweed for you ;)
 

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Thanks for that. The stories behind the headstones can be intriguing. I researched the background to the headstone of Agnes Butterfield in Kensal Green cemetery recently, Died June 3rd 1912 aged 28, seemed premature to me and so it turned out. Agnes Butterfield was an actress of some repute, stage name Kitty Melrose, what turned up was a sad tale of her betrayal and possibly may have been the inspiration for J.B. Priestleys tale " An Inspector Calls " A wealth of history lies behind the headstones, it can be surprising what one finds! Loved your pictures,thanks again.
 

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