East Cambridgeshire District
Postal Code: CB7 4QZ
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Ely Cemetery: 01353-669659
City of Ely Cemetery Website
Situated some seventeen miles north of Cambridge, the City of Ely rises above the flat landscape of the East Anglian fens, approximately 80 feet above sea level. Dominating the skyline is the majestic Ely Cathedral, over 1000 years old, and forming the focal point of this market town.
All denominations use the City of Ely cemetery. Prior to the mid 19th century all burials took place either at Holy Cross (the cemetery for Holy Trinity parish) next to the Cathedral, or St. Mary's, but these sites eventually became very overcrowded, a condition exacerbated by a cholera epidemic in 1832. In 1855 due to the state of the two existing cemeteries it was found necessary to purchase land for a new cemetery.
The land was divided into consecrated and unconsecrated areas to allow for the burial of Anglicans and non conformists. The new cemetery was opened on 12th May 1855 and the same cemetery with additional ground is still in use today making the total area just over 13 acres.
The cemetery lies on a gentle rise in the landscape and the Chapel sits in the most elevated position giving it a certain prominence and stature.This cemetery covers over 16 acres.
There are 13 Commonwealth burials of the 1914-1918 war and 14 of the 1939-1945 war here.
There is also 1 non world war burial.