Broadwater cemetery was opened in 1863 and there are 24,888 burials in it. It was closed in 2014 unless it is family burial in an existing plot.
The first burials in the cemetery are testament to the class system of the time. The first entry in the records show that Joseph Hardy a 74 year old “gentleman” who was buried on 16th May 1863 had his “plot” purchased on the 18th and his grave, with marker, are located just inside the main entrance. On the same day 44 year old Henry Lelliot, a “cordwonner” who lived at Field Row was buried towards the rear of the cemetery and his “plot” was never purchased and was subsequently reused. The reuse of graves has been common practice since the cemetery was opened, indeed plot A7 Row 7 Grave 72 is the last resting place to no fewer than eight children. Even the British War Dead are buried in previously used graves but because the CWGC purchased the plots in 1923 they will not be reused again. It is interesting to note that the Canadian and Australian war dead are buried in first use graves!
The cemetery plots are now maintained by a volunteer group, Friends of Broadwater Cemetery and the group is dedicated to the restoration of the cemetery and the preservation of the history contained within it.
With the help of Heritage Lottery Funding and the support of our sponsors, our volunteers are recording Monumental Inscriptions, researching the lives of many of the people buried in the cemetery and carrying out clearance/grave restoration work.
GPS Coordinates: 50.82777, -0.37995
- Added: 6 Apr 2005
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #2140261
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