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Mill Road Cemetery

History of Mill Road Cemetery

1861: Cemetery Lodge

Charles Simpkin, 50, cemetery porter, b Norfolk


Mill Road cemetery was constructed  1844-8 to a plan by Andrew Murray, curator of the Botanic Garden in Cambridge. The Gothic chapel built by Scott 1856-8 has been demolished.

The site had been previously used by the University as a cricket ground before Fenner’s was built. This is shown in the map of circa 1850 along with the Barnwell New Chapel that must have been demolished later.

Old University Cricket Ground and Barnwell New Church circa 1850

The cemetery features in The Siren, a novel by crime writer Alison Bruce.

The cemetery has a dedicated website as well as a Wikipedia entry:


Copper Weathervane in the form of a cockerel from the chapel of Mill Road cemetery


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