Contact

mrcparishes@gmail.com
• permission to use the Cemetery for any organised event or activity
• matters to raise with the parish plot-holders as owners of Cemetery
• grave restoration

In some circumstances, not finding a grave can be distressing.

Contact

mrcparishes@gmail.com if you would like to talk to someone.

The cemetery looks like one large area, but it consists of the individual plots of the 13 oldest parishes in Cambridge listed below. The land was bought by public subscription in the 19th century to extend the parishes’ burial grounds when their churchyards became full.

The cemetery was consecrated for use as a Christian burial place by the Bishop of Ely in 1848, at a formal ceremony. As consecrated ground it is there for everyone to enjoy but, like any place regarded as sacred in any religion, it should be respected.

As a closed cemetery, it is maintained by Cambridge City Council but each parish plot remains in the ownership of the incumbent of its parish. The Parochial Burial Grounds Management Committee (Parishes Committee) includes two of the parish clergy. Working in partnership with the City Council and the Friends, the Parishes Committee represents the interests of the parishes, the Bishop of Ely as owner of the paths and Avenue, and the wider Church of England. There are occasional burials in family graves, and several graves are still tended and visited by relatives and friends of those buried there. The Parishes Committee is always pleased to hear from anyone who is interested in making a donation towards grave restoration.

The cemetery remains consecrated land and work in the cemetery has to conform to the churchyard regulations and is subject to Faculty jurisdiction, the church’s system of planning permission.

The following abbreviations are used on this website to denote the parish areas:
AG – St Andrew the Great
AL – St Andrew the Less
AS – All Saints
BE – St Benedict’s (Bene’t’s)
BO – St Botolph’s
CL – St Clement
ED – St Edward (King and Martyr)
HS – Holy Sepulchre (Round Church)
HT – Holy Trinity
MC – St Michael
MG – St Mary the Great (Great St Mary’s)
ML – St Mary the Less (Little St Mary’s)
PL – St Paul’s