2009

TF4510 : Long forgotten graves in The General Cemetery, Wisbech

taken 15 years ago, near to Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, England

Long forgotten graves in The General Cemetery, Wisbech
Long forgotten graves in The General Cemetery, Wisbech
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The General Cemetery in Wisbech Richard Humphrey

Wisbech General Cemetery is a 3 acre tranquil oasis in a busy part of Wisbech. Situated on North End formerly Leverington Road, access is available from North End or Harecroft Road Playing Fields.

Established in 1836 the design followed the mid-19th century style of building public cemeteries laid out along the lines of a formal garden. To allow use by all denominations the ground was not consecrated.

By the 1960s only six burials took place in ten years and in 1972 it finally closed. 6571 people are buried in the cemetery.

A Friends group was formed in 1992 with the purpose of working with Fenland District Council, owners of the site, to preserve and manage this valuable woodland wildlife habitat and historic cemetery for the enjoyment of the public. Guided walks are held during the year.

In 2014 Fenland District Council agreed terms for a 30 year lease to the Wisbech Society, including the care of the chapel and memorials to become effective when funding for the project has been obtained. An application was submitted to the Heritage Lottery Fund for the renovation of the chapel and the initial costs for its use as a public study/learning amenity. LinkExternal link The renovation was completed in 2018.
For additional information see Echos of the Past LinkExternal link


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Richard Humphrey   (more nearby)
Date Taken
Thursday, 24 September, 2009   (more nearby)
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Thursday, 24 September, 2009
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TF 458 102 [100m precision]
WGS84: 52:40.1939N 0:9.3037E
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TF 458 101
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North-northwest (about 337 degrees)
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