Wanted: memories of old chapel

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DO you have any relatives buried in Wisbech General Cemetery?

Can you remember what the inside of the chapel looked like?

The Friends of Wisbech General Cemetery are keen to hear from anyone who has any old photographs or can remember what the interior of the chapel looked like when it was still in use. If you have any memories of burials there they would love to hear from you.

Wisbech General Cemetery, the secluded burial ground hidden behind buildings on North End, is celebrating its 175th anniversary with an exhibition of original records and artefacts at the Wisbech and Fenland Museum from Saturday (September 3) to September 10.

An open day will be held on Sunday (September 11) as part of Wisbech Heritage Weekend. From 10am to 4pm members of the Friends will be on hand and happy to show visitors round or help people to find family graves. There will also be a treasure hunt for children.

The Victorian cemetery was originally laid out as a formal garden in the fashionable style of the time along the lines of new cemeteries in London, Paris and Norwich. Although some of the earliest burials were of infants, it was intended that the cemetery should be a place of beauty and interest rather than a gloomy and forbidding graveyard.

During the 20th century there were fewer and fewer burials and the cemetery became neglected and overgrown.

It is now managed by a group of volunteers in conjunction with Fenland District Council, its owners, as a heritage and wildlife site.

The cemetery is always open and can be accessed either from the sign-posted path off North End just beyond Asda, or from the cycle path along the back of the Harecroft Road playing fields.

You can contact the Friends for more information by calling 01945-587135.