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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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  • This cemetery is located in the Common Park, and contains tombs of many years ago. You can walk around and enjoy the silence, broken at times by some barking dogs that take a walk there, but it is usually fairly quiet. To my photography like me, and I read that very good photos can be achieved because there are various parameters that make them unique (color, shape, wear, situation, light,...) And so it is; already I came for the first time in late July and again returned in December.
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  • A very peaceful place where you can feel the dead resting in peace.Many lovely status reminding that nothing last forever...very interesting that some people buried here were actually victims of Titan...  more »
  • We've wanted to visit for ages due to our childhood passion for Southampton local character Benny Hill. We ended up walking along the cemetery enjoying the quiet and taking photos of the older graves....  more »
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  • Old City Cemetery. Transmit tranquil stroll along it.
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