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Open day invites visitors to explore history of local cemetery

Published on Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Archive pic of Begrave Cemetery

PEOPLE will be able to find out more about the history of a Leicester cemetery at an open day this weekend.

The Friends of Belgrave Cemetery are inviting visitors to join them on Sunday 19 May to find out more about the historical cemetery, located on Red Hill Way.

There will be a free guided walk from 1pm and expert advice to help people search the cemetery records and find grave locations. Light refreshments will be available throughout the event, which runs from 11am until 3pm.

Belgrave Cemetery was opened in 1881 for the residents of nearby Belgrave village as there were no plots left in the local churchyard at St Peter’s. There are 4,500 plots and more than 15,000 people buried in the cemetery. Notable figures buried at Belgrave Cemetery include Alderman Richard Hallam and Alderman Stephen Hilton who were both Lord Mayors of Leicester.

The Friends of Belgrave Cemetery are a small voluntary group dedicated to the history and conservation of the cemetery. The Friends are onsite on most Sunday mornings. They can provide help and advice for those people trying to track down relatives buried at the cemetery and can also help with family tree research. The group holds regular talks and events.

To find out more about the event and the work of the Friends of Belgrave Cemetery visit