A History of Prescot Cemetery

Prescot Cemetery, which is situated in Manchester Road and a short walk of Prescot town centre, is administered by Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council, one of six local authorities in the Liverpool city region.

The cemetery opened in 1923 when the graveyard at Prescot CemeterySt Mary’s Church approached capacity. As such there are no World War 1 Graves in Prescot Cemetery, but the Commonwealth & War Graves Commission has identified that it is the resting place of sixteen servicemen killed in World War 2. These include seven from the Royal Air Force reserves.

Knowsley Council came in for some criticism in the first decade of the 20th Century due to the condition of Prescot Cemetery. After appeals from residents a plaque at the entrance to the cemetery that had fallen into disrepair was replaced, while new pedestrian gates were added at the main entrance.

In 2013 the Friends of Prescot Cemetery and Churchyard was set up to ensure the grounds wPrescot Cemeteryere not neglected anymore. Volunteers started to meet every Saturday afternoon to clear grounds, plant bulbs and create a clean sustainable place for visitors. Their hard work lead to the creation of a babies and children memorial garden and in 2015 the Department for Communities and Local Government awarded the cemetery Green Flag status.

Work is now ongoing by the friends group to draw up a comprehensive list of all the people buried in Prescot Cemetery and adjacent graveyard of St Mary’s Church. Nowadays Knowsley Council only allows burials and the interment of cremated remains in existing graves at Prescot Cemetery. New plots in the borough can only be bought at Knowsley Cemetery in Whiston.

Sarsfield Memorials enjoys a close working relationship with Knowsley Council and if you are thinking of erecting a memorial, or replacing or carrying out maintenance on an existing headstone please contact us for a discussion and a free no obligation quote.

Liverpool City Council Cemeteries

Liverpool City Council administers six cemeteries in the city, but they don’t all offer the same options when it comes to burials. Not all of them offer plots solely for cremated remains, while some now only allow burials in existing graves.

Two of the six Liverpool cemeteries, Toxteth Park and Allerton, are in the south of the city. Toxteth Park, sometimes known as Smithdown Road cemetery, is now over 160 years old but despite its age still accepts new burials. Cremated remains though can only be interred in existing graves not in specialist plots.

Liverpool cemeteries

Allerton cemetery’s proximity to Springwood crematorium means that it does offer cremated remains plots, as well as new graves for coffins. Allerton is also the only one of the Liverpool cemeteries that accommodates eco-friendly burials in woodland areas. These take place using a biodegradable coffin and the no headstones are allowed, instead just wooden markers.

The oldest cemetery in the north of the city is Anfield, which remains open for both new graves and plots for cremated remains. With Anfield crematorium being next door, there is also a rose garden where ashes can be scattered and small memorial plaques placed. There is a similar garden to this at Springwood.

The only other cemetery in the north of the city open to new burials is Everton, situated in Fazakerley. Like Toxteth, this only allows the interment of cremated remains in full burial plots.

Liverpool cemeteries

Both Kirkdale and West Derby cemeteries have been closed for a number of years to new burials in full graves. They will only allow interments of coffins in existing graves that have space, but will allow the replacement of headstones. It is still possible however to buy plots in Kirkdale just for cremated remains.

Sarsfield Memorials has a close working relationship with Liverpool city council and can supply and renovate headstones in all of their cemeteries, providing we have permission from the grave owner. If you are thinking of erecting a headstone or doing some maintenance or repair to an existing memorial please contact us. We will be happy to give you advice on this and transfer of ownership of graves if required, as well as a free no obligation quote.  


A History of Toxteth Park Cemetery

Toxteth Park Cemetery which is situated off Smithdown Road is one of six administered by Liverpool City Council.

The cemetery was opened in 1856 by the Toxteth Burial Board, who had bought the land for £15,000 and spent a further £11,000 preparing it. In today’s money, that is a total of £2.5 million. The ground was consecrated by the Bishop of Chester on 9th June that year, with the first interment being that of Elizabeth Watling, the widow of a surgeon who lived in Wavertree High Street.

Toxteth Park Cemetery Patience Simpson Grave

The cemetery contains consecrated Church of England sections and non consecrated sections, but there are no specific Roman Catholic areas. There were two chapels when the cemetery opened but only one is still standing, while both lodges are now private property.

In the second half of the 19th Century Toxteth Park was a very desirable place to live and that is reflected in the grandeur of some of the memorials there, some of which have been Grade II listed. Examples of those with listed status include the grave of Thomas Pennington, a doctor who died in 1887 and Patience Simpson, the wife of a lawyer who died in 1872 (photograph left).

In addition to the grand monuments, there are plenty of other headstones that tell tragic tales of working class lives lost too early. One of these is that of Thomas Williams, a 24 year old supervisor in the docks who drowned in 1905 when he was deliberately pushed into the River Mersey a worker who he had fired. There is also that of James Thomas, a boilermaker who was killed when a gas cylinder exploded on board the Cunard liner Mauretania in 1914.

There are 274 war graves in the cemetery, with 227 of those being from the 1st World War. There are also many other gravestones whereby people killed in conflict that were buried elsewhere are mentioned. One of those is Albert Curphey, who was killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme in 1916 and is remembered on his parent’s headstone.

Toxteth Park Cemetery Chapel

The chapel at Toxteth Park Cemetery is sadly in a dilapidated condition, having been out of use since the 1990s and used only by vandals and pigeons. The Friends of Toxteth Cemetery though are hoping to raise the funds to bring it back into use, perhaps as a community hub or an office for cemetery security.

Today Toxteth Park Cemetery remains open for new burials, but there are no plots specifically for cremated remains, which can only be buried in existing graves.  If you are considering placing a headstone there or replacing/restoring an existing one please contact us at Sarsfield Memorials and we will be happy to provide a free no obligation quote.