Handsworth Cemetery, Sheffield

Published: June 6, 2005    Last modified: November 11, 2016

Due to the rather unpredictable weather, we decided, on the spur of the moment, to visit Handsworth Cemetery, Sheffield, in order to locate the graves of Daniel JACKLIN 1862-1953 and Ziller JACKLIN (née Ziller ALLEN) 1858-1949.

Finding the cemetery was an achievment in itself. Trying to navigate and search for a cemetery even through Sunday traffic, meant a few wasted trips up and down the busy Handsworth Road. That is until I realised the entrance is off Orgreave Lane.

The only clue I had to the location of the grave was the grave number. The Sheffield City Council website appears to be down so I could not get a plan in advance. There was a basic plan at the entrance to the cemetery and it was easy enough to find the correct section. It would appear the lower side of the cemetery has been 're-organised', by which I mean the headstones appear to have been made safe, re-aligned and any superfluous masonary removed. I checked the section several times and re-checked the cemetery plan several times, but all to no avail. A JACKLIN headstone could not be found. I will try and obtain more information, then I will return and try again.

The top side of the cemetery is in a very sorry state with a high percentage of headstones being laid flat for safety reasons; take this to mean Sheffield City Council's lack of commitment as the custodians of our heritage.

Notes:

  1. A rather ironic title from the Health and Safety Executive: Live issues - message regarding safety of cemetary (sic) memorials - FAQs
  2. Sheffield City Council: Survey of Cemetery Memorials

I wonder how many people died tripping, slipping or falling due to uneven pavements...

2015-03-30 Both of these links are now redundant.

Updates:
2015-03-30

Sheffield City Council: Cemetery Opening Times.
Sheffield City Council: Cemetery Plans.
Sheffield City Council: Plan of Handsworth Cemetery (Download a Microsoft Word document).

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