One of my favourite local historical spaces is somewhere I’ve written about before, the General Cemetery in Sheffield and whilst it might sound crazy to have a cemetery as one of your favourite spaces, it’s just so pretty that I can’t help loving the place. It’s also, being a cemetery, full of history, which for me is just wonderful.
There are so many interesting graves, beautiful monuments and every time I go I discover something new. Plus the light in there is amazing, as are the blackberries in September!
The cemetery was closed in the late 70’s as it was full, and since I started walking Flash there the chapel that stands at the entrance we tend to go in through has been derelict, but in the last few months there has been work started on restoring it which makes me happy, not because I am religious, but because it’s a stunning building that deserves to be restored. I just hope that they get the funding to do the Mausoleum next.
I also love that there is a trust that looks after the place. We often see people working at the weekend on the wilderness that seems to try and reclaim the cemetery, on the first Sunday of the month there is a historical tour (I’d recommend the remembrance day one) I also love that there is an interactive map on the website so that you can take a tour yourself and see where the interesting graves are.