Cathays Cemetery

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Cathays Cemetery
Victorian graves in Cathays Cemetery - - 1405099.jpg
Cathays Cemetery
Coordinates51°30′06″N 3°10′51″W / 51.5017°N 3.1808°W / 51.5017; -3.1808
Owned byCardiff Council
WebsiteCathays Cemetery
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The Cathays Cemetery is one of the main cemeteries of Cardiff, Wales. It is in the Cathays district of the city, about 1.5 miles (2.4 km) north of Cardiff city centre. At 110 acres it is the third largest cemetery in the United Kingdom.[1]


A grayscale photo of a large monument topped with a statue of a woman holding a child.
Monument to Frank Baselow

The cemetery was opened in 1859 and originally had two chapels: one Anglican and the other non-conformist,[2] and each including its own porte-cochère. The cemetery has a Roman Catholic section, where a Roman Catholic chapel was built later.[2]

In the Second World War, air raids damaged Cathays Cemetery with a number of bombs and an aerial mine.[3]

In the 20th century all three chapels were neglected and in the 1980s the Roman Catholic one was demolished.[2] Since 2008 the Anglican and non-conformist chapels have been undergoing restoration.[2] The chapels, as well as the cemetery gateway and forecourt walls, are Grade II listed buildings.[citation needed]

During the early/mid 1970s the cemetery was split into two sections to allow the building of the A48 Eastern Avenue which was a continuation of the A48(M).

One of the most imposing memorials is that of Frank Baselow, thought to be a result of Baselow's European heritage (his actual name was Franz) and the taste on the Continent for grand memorials.[1]

War graves[edit]

The cemetery has a Commonwealth War Graves (CWGC) section, marked by a Cross of Sacrifice made to the standard design devised by Reginald Blomfield. The section was established in the First World War, when Cardiff's nearby main hospitals treated numerous servicemen who had been wounded in action, or who contracted influenza in the 1918–19 influenza pandemic.

The war graves section includes a number of graves of Australian and Canadian servicemen, one New Zealander who died while serving in the Royal Defence Corps, and one soldier of the Prince of Wales's Leinster Regiment. Also present is the grave of Jacques Vaillant de Guélis, a Special Operations Executive agent.[4]

The cemetery includes the graves of 21 French Navy sailors from the First World War, mostly are in the Roman Catholic section,[3] and a similar number of Norwegian sailors from the Second.[5]

Elsewhere in the cemetery are numerous other Commonwealth War Graves from both the First and Second World Wars. The cemetery contains in all the graves of 685 service personnel that are registered and maintained by the CWGC.[5]

Notable interments[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Cardiff cemeteries are home to many stories". Wales Online. 9 December 2010. Retrieved 7 December 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d "History of the Cemetery". The Friends of Cathays Cemetery. Retrieved 10 June 2013.
  3. ^ a b Cardiff Council 2006, p. 6.
  4. ^ "CWGC Casualty record, Jacques Vaillant de Guelis".
  5. ^ a b "CWGC Cemetery Report".
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p "People Buried At The Cemetery". The Friends of Cathays Cemetery. Retrieved 11 June 2013.
  7. ^ "Bishop Hedley's Cathays Cemetery memorial restored and rededicated". BBC News. 31 January 2012. Retrieved 20 June 2013.

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Coordinates: 51°30′06″N 3°10′51″W / 51.50167°N 3.18083°W / 51.50167; -3.18083