Who We Are and What We Do
Sheffield General Cemetery used to be a pretty grim place where none but the brave would enter. Through the work of volunteers over the last thirty years, the Cemetery has become a wonderful park that the Victorians planned but never saw. They planted a vast range of interesting trees which are now mature and attract an abundance of wildlife. The General Cemetery is a richly historic site with very impressive buildings and monuments. The Victorians certainly knew how to put on a good show. There is even an Egyptian Gate that Cleopatra might have approved of.
The Friends of the General Cemetery (FOGC) was formed in 1989 by a handful of local residents. Since then this voluntary organisation has grown in size and the Friends has now become the Sheffield General Cemetery Trust (SGCT). The Trust carries out many activities within the Cemetery:
Education tours and workshops
Conservation work to maintain and enhance the monuments, the landscape and the paths
Historical research of the Cemetery and its occupants.
Restoring the Grade II* listed Nonconformist Chapel.
Developing and managing The Samuel Worth Chapel as a new events venue.
Our aim is to encourage everyone to enjoy this historical site by walking its paths, learning its history or simply as a quiet place to sit and contemplate. Sheffield General Cemetery Trust is a registered charity (no. 1103158) dedicated to promoting and restoring the General Cemetery (located in the city of Sheffield UK) and to protecting it as a unique heritage site and haven for wildlife.This site contains information about our public events, burial research service, and volunteering. If you want to show your support for us you can join us as a member and be the first to receive our newsletters before anyone else! As well as attending some of our events to learn about the Cemetery’s history you can also gain a deeper understanding of the Cemetery through reading our books which are available to purchase.
Explore & Discover
1. John Cole - One of 3 brothers who founded Cole Brothers, the Sheffield department store. Benefactors.
2. Mark Firth - Steelmaster, philanthropist, Mayor, Master Cutler, founder of a technical school for his workforce which developed over the years and became Sheffield University in 1905. Listed Grade II.
3. James Nicholson - Steelmaster. Listed Grade II.
4. George Bennet - Missionary, social reformer, benefactor. Listed Grade II.
5. George Bassett - Sweet manufacturer, Alderman and Mayor.
6. Thomas Burch - Alderman, businessman.
7. William Parker - Merchant, businessman. Listed Grade II.
8. John Gunson - Engineer involved in Dale Dyke Dam and the Great Flood of 1864.
9. Samuel Holberry - Leading figure in the Chartist movement.
10. Ernest Shuttleworth - One of many tombs memorialising World War 1 servicemen lost or buried abroad.
Buildings and points of interest
A. Gatehouse. Listed Grade II*. 1836. Original grand entrance to the Cemetery. Once housed Cemetery employees, now SGCT office and a private flat.
B. Catacombs. Listed Grade II. 1836.
C. Stone Spiral. Educational and design feature to demonstrate geology. 2004.
D. Wildlife Pond. Created by volunteers. 2018.
E. War Memorial. Erected here by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission 2015.
F. Anglican Chapel. Listed Grade II. 1850. Designed by William Flockton.
G. Egyptian Gate. Listed Grade II*. 1836. Ornamented with ancient symbols.
H. Original Cemetery office. Listed Grade II. 1836.
J. Samuel Worth Chapel. Listed Grade II*. 1836. The original Nonconformist chapel designed in a Classical style with Egyptian style doors and windows by Samuel Worth.