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NEW: You can now listen to Soldiers from the Hill, a ‘song for Wardsend’ written by committee member Malc Gibbons. Find out more here: Soldiers from the Hill

The “Friends of Wardsend Cemetery” group has been set up with the aim of promoting and preserving this historic Victorian cemetery.

Wardsend Cemetery has stood on its site by the River Don for the last 160 years. This cemetery is the last resting place of nearly 30,000 Sheffield and district people as well as military personnel from the nearby Sheffield (Hillsborough) Barracks. In the course of more than a century and a half, a wide variety of flora and fauna have also begun to call the cemetery home.

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Sergeant Joseph Gilbert Cowley 1858-1893

Researched and written by George Proctor Wardsend Cemetery is the last resting place of many military personnel. Soldiers their wives and children account for over four hundred burials in the cemetery. They include Joseph Gilbert Cowley of the 1st West Yorkshire Volunteer Royal Engineers. Joseph was a sergeant with D company based at Somme Barracks … Continue reading Sergeant Joseph Gilbert Cowley 1858-1893

A flight of medieval fancy and some cemetery plan nerdery.

Recent discussion in our faceBook group about the St James re-interment in 1950 reminded me of this earlier event. Who knows how many of the great and good of Sheffield might be represented in the remains brought to this grave in 1937? Sheffield Parish Church, which became a cathedral in 1914, was built in the … Continue reading A flight of medieval fancy and some cemetery plan nerdery.

The Great Sheffield Flood – The Aftermath

Despite the swift and generous support of their neighbours in the local communities, it would appear that many of those worst affected were still in a desperate situation over the following days, as this report taken from the British Newspaper Archives suggests. The Sheffield Independent – Saturday 19 March 1864 ‘THE CONDITION OF THE SURVIVING … Continue reading The Great Sheffield Flood – The Aftermath

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