John Livesey became Reverend of the Vicarage of St. Philip in 1831. He was initially thought to be diligent, and widely popular in the community. When the church began to run out of space for burials, Livesey spend £2,600 on the purchase of land that would become Wardsend Cemetery. This £2,600, which is around £250,000 in today’s money, came largely out of Livesey’s own pocket.
However, during his time as Reverend, he was increasingly implicated into a grave robbing scandal. You can find out more about grave robbing at Wardsend HERE
Profile Researched by Friends of Wardsend Cemetery
Profile Written by Tom Gidlow