St Sepulchre's Cemetery
View of St Sepulchre's Cemetery.
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The cemetery was opened in 1849, initially as an overflow for north Oxford because existing cemeteries were overcrowded with corpses from epidemics such as cholera. St Sepulchre's Cemetery itself became overcrowded later in Victorian times. The cemetery was established along with Osney Cemetery and Holywell Cemetery. In 1855, new burials were forbidden at all Oxford city churches, apart from in existing vaults.
It is now unused and many graves and headstones are in a state of disrepair. The cemetery was surrounded on two sides by the Lucy factory, the former Eagle Ironworks, but this industrial site has now been redeveloped for up-market housing.
Access to the cemetery is through iron gates off Walton Street.
People buried here include:
- Edward Caird, Master of Balliol College, Oxford.
- John Cavell, proprietor of what was once Oxford's leading department store, Elliston & Cavell, and mayor of Oxford.
- Thomas Combe, an early Superintendent of the Oxford University Press and benefactor of St Barnabas Church, both nearby.
- Benjamin Jowett, a Victorian Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University and Master of Balliol College.
- George Uglow Pope popularly known as Rev. G.U. Pope or just G.U. Pope, a Christian missionary who spent many years in Tamil Nadu and translated many Tamil texts into English.
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