Weaste Cemetery

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Weaste Cemetery is a public cemetery in Weaste, Salford, Greater Manchester. Opened in 1857, it is the oldest of Salford's four cemeteries, covering 39 acres and containing over 332,000 graves.[1]

Location[edit]

View of funerary monuments in Weaste cemetery.

The cemetery lies south of Eccles New Road and is approached via Cemetery Road.

History[edit]

Salford was one of the earliest British municipalities to recognise that churchyards were getting full and that alternative burial grounds were required. When originally opened the cemetery included four chapels and a glazed summer house, which have since all been demolished.[2]

The first interment was that of the very popular MP, Joseph Brotherton, who had campaigned for the cemetery and died just before its completion. In the circumstances his burial was allowed to take place before the cemetery had been officially opened.[citation needed]

Then known as Salford Borough Cemetery, the site was extended by 16 acres (6.5 ha) in 1887, by which time there had been 124,500 burials. The original 21 acres (8.5 ha) site was becoming full and a 2.5 acres (1.0 ha) area bought earlier with the intention of being used as an addition had been compulsorily purchased for development of the Manchester Ship Canal. At that time, the cemetery was making a profit of around £2500 per annum.[3]

The cemetery contains the graves of 368 Commonwealth service personnel who died during the First and Second World Wars, plus numerous memorials to servicemen buried abroad. Some of the 267 First World dead lie in war grave plots in both the Church of England and Roman Catholic sections, each plot having a Screen Memorial listing the dead buried within them, while the 99 Second World War dead are scattered amidst the cemetery.[4]

At Christmas 1940, a German bomb fell on the cemetery during a raid on the nearby docks. Several headstones are still peppered with marks and holes caused by the shrapnel.[5]

Salford council have mapped out a heritage trail for the cemetery and noteworthy graves have been provided with information panels. Occasional guided tours of the cemetery also take place. Several of the monuments in the cemetery are Grade II listed.[6]

Notable interments[edit]

War Graves[edit]

The cemetery contains the war graves of 366 Commonwealth service personnel, 267 from World War I and 99 from World War II. Most of the former war's graves are scattered throughout the cemetery but there are two war grave plots, one in the Church of England, the other in the Roman Catholic section of the cemetery. In each of these plots is a commemorative Screen Wall memorial listing those buried within them, and there is also a special memorial listing 7 personnel buried in graves that could not be marked. The second war's graves are scattered throughout the cemetery.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Weaste cemetery". Salford City Council. Retrieved 1 October 2013. 
  2. ^ "History of Weaste cemetery". Retrieved 1 October 2013. 
  3. ^ "Extension of the Salford Borough Cemetery". Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser (British Newspaper Archive). 11 August 1887. p. 6. Retrieved 2014-06-28.  (subscription required)
  4. ^ "SALFORD (WEASTE) CEMETERY". Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Retrieved 9 October 2013. 
  5. ^ "Weaste Cemetery, Salford". Retrieved 1 October 2013. 
  6. ^ "Listed Bildings in Salford". Retrieved 1 October 2013. 
  7. ^ [1] CWGC Cemetery Report.

Coordinates: 53°28′37″N 2°18′11″W / 53.477°N 2.303°W / 53.477; -2.303