Welcome to the New Website
of the Sheffield General Cemetery Trust
The Sheffield General Cemetery Trust is a registered charity (no. 1103158) dedicated to promoting and restoring the Cemetery and to protecting it as a unique heritage site and haven for wildlife. The Cemetery is located in Sharrow in the city of Sheffield, UK and is open all day and everyday.
The site contains information about our public events, burial research service, volunteering and information about the Cemetery’s amazing wildlife and rich history. If you want to show your support for us you can join us as a member and be the first to receive our newsletters before anyone else!
You can learn about our work to restore the Nonconformist Chapel so that we have a venue for education projects and community events, as well as a place for you to host your private function in a unique setting!
As well as attending some of our events to learn about the Cemetery’s history you can also gain a deeper understanding of the Cemetery through reading our books which are available to purchase.
We’re looking for a new Treasurer/Trustee – please check our volunteering page for more details on this and other vacancies with the Cemetery Trust.
Guided Walks – The Trust hosts a number of private history walks throughout the year. If your group is interested in learning about Sheffield’s Victorian past through the story of the General Cemetery then please contact us. We can safely conduct a group of upwards of 30, and we suggest a minimum donation of £3 per head. The tours last about 1.5 hours and at the end we serve free light refreshments.
Remote and Undisturbed – Jane Horton
A brief history of Sheffield General Cemetery.
The Trust’s best selling book was completely revised and updated in 2014. It traces the history of the Cemetery from its Victorian heyday through its decline and dereliction to its eventual restoration into the popular Cemetery Park of today. The architecture of the buildings and landscape are detailed and the role of eminent designers, Samuel Worth, Robert Marnock and William Flockton. Famous Sheffield people buried here are highlighted. The book outlines the development of cemeteries and gives an insight into Victorian social history.
Illustrated with over 40 photographs, archive drawings and maps.
We host many free to attend history, nature and craft events each year.
Find out more by visiting the events page – the next two events are :
Sunday 16th August at 10.30am
Woodcraft and Den Building
Learn to make dens and practice wood-craft skills in the Cemetery woods. Suitable for children and families. There will be free light refreshments at the end of the activity. Suggested minimum donation of £3.
Sunday 6th September at 2pm
Discover the history of the Cemetery and learn about some of its residents on this guided walk. If attendance is high, a second tour leaving at 2.15 will take place. There will be free light refreshments at the end of the tour. Suggested minimum donation of £3.