City Road Cemetery

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Coordinates: 53°22′11″N 1°26′24″W / 53.36972°N 1.44000°W / 53.36972; -1.44000

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The City Road Cemetery is a cemetery in the City of Sheffield, England that opened in May 1881 and was originally Intake Road Cemetery. Covering 100 acres (0.40 km2) it is the largest[1] and is the head office for all the municipally owned cemeteries in Sheffield. The cemetery contains Sheffield Crematorium, whose first cremation was on 24 April 1905.[1]

Location[edit]

The cemetery is located to the east of central Sheffield. It is in the district called Manor, on a gentle hillside. The cemetery is mainly bordered by housing, on the north, east and south faces, and by City Road on the west. On City Road is the main entrance which features Grade II listed gatehouse which houses the reception and halls of remembrance.

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War graves[edit]

There are 220 burials or commemorations of Commonwealth servicemen at the cemetery who died in the First World War. A Screen Wall memorial in Section Q, near the main entrance, lists those buried in graves that could not be individually marked by headstones[2]

There are 147 burials or commemorations of servicemen and women who died in the Second World War, many in a war graves plot in Section H. The plot has a Screen Wall memorial listing servicemen buried in the defunct Sheffield General Cemetery and St Phillip Ward End Church Cemetery whose graves could no longer be maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. The Commission also erected a memorial, on the west side of the plot, listing 30 servicemen who were cremated at Sheffield Crematorium during the same war and it cares for 9 war graves of foreign nationalities.[2]

Also buried in the cemetery are civilian victims of air raids, the largest group (134 who died in the Sheffield Blitz of December 1940) being buried in a communal grave with memorial.[3]

Notable buildings and structures[edit]

Notable burials or cremations[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Sheffield City Council - City Road Cemetery History
  2. ^ a b [1] CWGC Cemetery report.
  3. ^ License, Paul (2000). Sheffield Blitz - in words, pictures and memories. Sheffield Newspapers Ltd. 
  4. ^ [2] Burial locations of VC Holders, South Yorkshire.