Before the cemetery opened, a foundation stone was laid by the Reverend H. Clayforth in 1867. This was a standard ceremony performed when laying a new building or opening new grounds. During the presentation, the Revd was given a silver-plated trowel and mallet which was engraved to him in the laying of the foundation stone for Wombwell Cemetery.
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In 1868 the cemetery opened after a few complications with the chapels, and the grounds were blessed by the same Reverend Clayforth. Those in attendance were the builders, masons, joiners, plumbers, members of the Wombwell Burial Board and the community of Wombwell.
Over time, the cemetery fell into decline. Both chapels became derelict, one losing its roof to a fire and the other abused as a storage. Alcohol and substance misusers and thugs saw the cemetery as the perfect place for deals, vulnerable people, and as a secretive hideout. The community of Wombwell looked upon the cemetery as a morbid and unsafe place to be until late 2002.
The cemetery opened in 1868, so you can probably guess that there is a lot of history behind it. Every person has a story to tell and when that person is interred in Wombwell Cemetery, it becomes our job to tell it and let that story, that person, live on.
This page will touch upon the history behind the cemetery, but not delve too deep as we have guided tours available. These are beautifully delivered by our current Chairman, Karen. If you would like a guided tour, or if you are too far away and would like more information, contact us.
We Will Remember Them
For a list of our soldiers, click here.
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We have 31 soldiers buried in Wombwell Cemetery and 96 soldiers buried elsewhere that are remembered on family graves; all of which we remember.
A brief look at the guided tour