The General Cemetery in Wisbech Richard Humphrey :: Shared Description

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
by Richard Humphrey
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TF4510 : Memorials in Wisbech General Cemetery by Adrian S Pye
TF4510 : Obelisk and tomb chest in the General Cemetery, Wisbech by Richard Humphrey
TF4510 : In a corner of The General Cemetery, Wisbech by Richard Humphrey
TF4510 : Headstone draped with ivy in The General Cemetery, Wisbech by Richard Humphrey
TF4510 : Sunlit footpath in The General Cemetery - Wisbech by Richard Humphrey
TF4510 : Headstones and chapel in The Wisbech General Cemetery, Wisbech by Richard Humphrey
TF4510 : Restoration of the chapel in the General Cemetery, Wisbech by Richard Humphrey
TF4510 : Near the renovated chapel in The General Cemetery, Wisbech by Richard Humphrey
TF4510 : Refurbished chapel in The General Cemetery, North End, Wisbech by Richard Humphrey
TF4510 : The rear doors salvaged from the Octagon Church in Wisbech by Richard Humphrey
TF4510 : Restoration of the chapel in the General Cemetery, Leverington Road, Wisbech by Richard Humphrey
TF4510 : Rear view of the recently renovated chapel in The General Cemetery, Wisbech by Richard Humphrey
TF4510 : Eclectic group of memorial headstones - Wisbech General Cemetery by Richard Humphrey
TF4510 : Memorials in Wisbech General Cemetery by Adrian S Pye
TF4510 : Gravestones in The General Cemetery in Wisbech by Richard Humphrey
TF4510 : Winter in the General Cemetery, Wisbech by Richard Humphrey
TF4510 : Obelisk memorials in The General Cemetery, Wisbech by Richard Humphrey
TF4510 : Restored chapel in Wisbech General Cemetery by Richard Humphrey
TF4510 : The ancient mariner in Wisbech General Cemetery by Richard Humphrey
TF4510 : New War Grave headstone in Wisbech General Cemetery by Richard Humphrey
TF4510 : Footpath through The General Cemetery, Wisbech by Richard Humphrey
TF4510 : Renovated chapel in The General Cemetery, Wisbech by Richard Humphrey
TF4510 : Angel in the General Cemetery, Wisbech by Richard Humphrey
TF4510 : Long forgotten graves in The General Cemetery, Wisbech by Richard Humphrey
TF4510 : Memorials in Wisbech General Cemetery by Adrian S Pye


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Created: Sun, 20 Jan 2019, Updated: Sun, 16 Jan 2022

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