|Rivelin Valley Road|
Metropolitan Borough of Sheffield
South Yorkshire England
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St Michael's Cemetery is a Catholic burial ground in the Rivelin Valley area of Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England. The cemetery stands on a steep hillside on the south side of Rivelin Valley Road at its junction with Rivelin Road and Hollins Lane.
In the early 1860s there was no consecrated ground for the burial of Catholic people within the boundaries of Sheffield. This came about largely because of past persecution resulting from the English Reformation of the 16th century. Father Burke of St Vincent‘s Church on Solly Street in the city, being quite concerned about this began a search for a suitable burial ground and finally purchased an eight acre site on a sloping hillside in Rivelin Glen. The plot of land was bought for £600 in the Spring of 1862 from Mr. Wilson of Loxley, a member of the famous Wilson family of snuff manufacturers. The site was quickly enclosed and walled off at a further cost of £250 and received official Government approval as a burial ground on 25 August 1862.
On 29 September 1862 (Michaelmas day) Robert Cornthwaite, Bishop of Beverly laid and consecrated the cornerstone of the original St Michael's chapel.It is believed that the first interments in the new cemetery took place on 23 September 1862 when two young children Mary Mulvey, aged three and Catherine Hopkins, aged seven were buried at St Michael's.The chapel was designated a Grade II listed building in December 1984.The cemetery's most notable grave is the Walsh monument which is a Grade II listed structure. This is a vault and memorial constructed for the Walsh family, it consists of mostly granite and marble with decorative cast iron railings and a 1.5 metre high figure on top. (text added by Geoffrey Gillon)