Wardsend Cemetery

Wardsend Cemetery - Mono Landscapes
Wardsend Cemetery in Hillsborough, Sheffield, was opened in 1857, as a detached churchyard for St Philip's Church, as the churchyard had become full. By 1900, about 20,000 interments had taken place on this steep hillside and the cemetery was extended to higher ground on the other side of the railway tracks. There are a number of soldiers from Hillsborough Barracks buried there, along with a number of victims of the Sheffield Floods of 1864.

In 1862, the cemetery was the focus of what was known as the 'Cemetery Riots', following the gruesome activities of the Sexton, Isaac Howard, who had been exhuming bodies (mostly those of children) for sale to the local medical school. He was discovered when his lodger complained of the smell coming from the stables under the room in which he lodged, where the Sexton had been storing the bodies. The mob broke into the Sextons house and set it on fire.

This fantastic place is now wildly overgrown and has the appearance of something of a lost world.

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