Friends of Stockport Cemeteries

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A Real Heritage

History and Nature

Cemeteries hold a wealth of heritage information and are a natural wildlife refuge. This gallery gives you an insight into hidden gems in Stockport that are open for all to discover.

Link to Heritage Trail leaflet for Willow Grove - click

Link to Tree Trail leaflet for Willow Grove - click

Link to the Willow Grove Cemetery Outdoor Learning Resources Website - click

Cemeteries and closed churchyards record generations of local families and provide a link between those living today and people in the past it is the group’s belief that these monuments should not be lost and forgotten, they should be seen on an equal footing with other heritage sites

Below is some text taken from Paradise Preserved English Heritage and English Nature 2002

"Cemeteries are highly valued by their local communities and others. First and foremost, cemeteries are places to respect and commemorate the dead, and so are important to the families and friends of people who are buried there. Local people also use cemeteries for exercise and relaxation and for study and enjoyment of nature and history."

Vernon Community Awards

Friends of Stockport Cemeteries (FOSC) have been working closely with Stockport council since 2004. Our aim is to bring about improvements within cemeteries in Stockport, as they are steeped in local history and military history. We hold task days organise walks, talks for schools community groups and host events within cemeteries.

FOSC has been working with Reddish Army Cadets on the site of Brunswick Methodist church built in 1848 by the Methodist community in Stockport on the outskirts of the town centre, it closed in 1955. The group has applied for funding for the clearance and renovation of the area occupied by this old church until it’s demolition in the 1960s. We hope to be able to use the funding from Vernon Building Society towards the cost of providing information board, which will give people an insight to the history of the site.

Our aim is to acknowledge it is a burial site, memorialise the soldiers, utilise the area for recreation and contemplation.

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Centennial Event

Saturday 10th November 2018

Remembrance Sunday Parade
Sunday 11th November 2018

More details later


Our book 'A Short History of Willow Grove Cemetery' is available free of charge
Contact us for details of where to collect your copy, or click the book cover to go to a pdf link


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