Books for Sale

The Trust has a selection of books available (see details below) related to the Sheffield General Cemetery. If you wish to place an order then please send a cheque made payable to Sheffield General Cemetery Trust for the total cost of the books required plus postage – £1.95 for the first book and £0.50 for each additional book.

We aim to get all book orders to the post office each Thursday. If you require the order urgently please let us know and we’ll try our best to get it out to you swiftly.

Please contact us for postage costs to your country if you are outside the United Kingdom.

Please include your name, address and contact telephone number with your order and send to –

Sheffield General Cemetery Trust,
The Gatehouse,
Cemetery Avenue,
Sheffield S11 8NT

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“A life too soon done”
Sheffield General Cemetery and The Great War

Our latest book featuring the lives of over 100 Sheffield men who fought during The Great War and are commemorated at the General Cemetery in now available to purchase.

“A life too soon done” – words inscribed on the family grave of a serviceman killed in the First World War. This book features over a hundred such men from Sheffield who served and died in that War. They are either buried in the Sheffield General Cemetery or commemorated on family graves there. Old photographs and details of a man’s age (often not more than a boy), his job, his mother and father, wife or children and the street where he lived let us see real people in real places. Service and medical records reveal their short and tragic life histories.

Extensive research by volunteers at Sheffield’s historic cemetery has produced this well illustrated, detailed and moving insight into the lives of individual Sheffield people in the Great War. Price £7.95.


Remote and Undisturbed – Jane Horton
A brief history of the 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.

Price £7.95

Danger and Despair – Jane Horton

Originally compiled and illustrated by Jane Horton for the Friends of the General Cemetery and revised by the Sheffield General Cemetery Trust.

The stories reprinted in this book give a fascinating picture of Victorian life through the vivid descriptions of untimely death. Drawn from the burial record of Sheffield’s principal burial ground, the General Cemetery, these are tales of tragic accidents, rejected love, deep despair and sometimes plain foolishness.

The book contains maps that will help you locate the graves of those whose stories are told here.

Price £7.95


She Lived Unknown – Julia Duggleby and Jean Lees

This is a celebration of the lives of women buried in the General Cemetery. The book focuses on poverty, the history of nursing and the way women are symbolised in the Cemetery. Women of action, and scandal, are featured and a map included to locate the graves.

Price £2.95


Dead Good – Alan Brown
Illustrated by Caroline Firenza

A beautifully illustrated children’s history book (recommended for 8 to 12 years) which gives a glimpse into the lives of children and people in Victorian Sheffield. Some experiences are funny, some scary and some very sad. All the stories are about people buried in Sheffield historic Cemetery.

Price £4.95