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The Old Cemetery, Southampton

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Southampton Old Cemetery is a cemetery located in Southampton, England.The cemetery has had various titles including The Cemetery by the Common, Hill Lane Cemetery and is currently known as Southampton Old Cemetery. An Act of Parliament was required in 1843 to acquire the land from Southampton Common. It covers an area of 27acre and the total number of burials is estimated at 116,800. Currently there are 6 to 8 burials a year to existing family plots.HistoryOn 9 November 1841, Southampton Town Council resolved "that the Town Clerk be directed to give notice of an application to parliament at the next session for establishing a cemetery or burial ground on part of Southampton Common". The town council approached John Claudius Loudon. He was a well known landscaper, designer of arboretums and cemeteries including Histon Road Cemetery at Cambridge and Bath Abbey Cemetery. Loudon, normally based in London, had been staying on the Isle of Wight whilst his wife was writing a book. The damp sea air had a debilitating effect on his health and he moved to take temporary lodgings in Southampton. Southampton Town council had no previous experience of laying out a cemetery and was pleased that Loudon was conveniently available. They paid him £37 for his services, but decided not to use his proposed layout. The Bishop of Winchester was not willing to concede that the proposed Anglican chapel would adjoin a nonconformist chapel.
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  • Probably one of Southampton's best cemeteries. In the top three, I'd say. Only bested by the cemetery by Southampton Common and the cemetery by Southampton General Hospital - my personal favourite.  more »
  • I visited yesterday (23/5/17) with my camera to get some shots and I was not disappointed! Some of the gravestones/memorials make for very interesting shots and especially if you go when it's overcast...  more »
  • I come from Southampton..but visited the cemetery for the first time a week ago. My intention was to get some atmospheric shots with my camera. I had high expectations. I was not disappointed. This pl...  more »

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