Leicester Unitary Authority
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Leicester's first municipal cemetery, Welford Road Cemetery lies approximately a mile south of the city centre on the A5119. The cemetery is open every day of the year. There are no new graves available here but interments can be arranged in existing graves where there is still space.A surprisingly tranquil spot, it is a classic Victorian cemetery with many of Leicester's eminent personalities buried here and offers spectacular views across Leicester and beyond to the Charnwood hills.
This cemetery includes a visitor centre, located by the main entrance. The centre is open to the public on Fridays, and on Saturday and Sunday mornings, and has information, leaflets and a public toilet suitable for disabled visitors.
Welford Road Cemetery is listed as a Park and Garden of Special Historic Interest (Grade II).
Welford Road wildflower areas are to maintain and protect a decreasing inner-city habitat and monitor native flora and fauna within the cemetery.
At no time is it intended to impede any visitor and instructions can be given to cemetery staff, on request, that any area around an individual's grave can be mowed and left clean and tidy for them.
Between 1914 and 1919, the 5th Northern General Hospital, with more than 2,600 beds, occupied several buildings in Leicester and North Evington. More than 95,000 officers and men were admitted to the hospital, which recorded 514 deaths before its closure. During the Second World War, there was a Royal Air Force operational training station near Leicester. Leicester (Welford Road) Cemetery contains 286 First World War burials, more than half of them forming a war graves plot with a Screen Wall bearing the names of those buried there. The 46 Second World War burials are scattered throughout the cemetery, which also contains eight Belgian war graves, 1 of which is unknown.
[text added by Geoffrey Gillon}