Barrow-in-Furness Cemetery was opened in 1873, many burials from the rapidly expanding new town of Barrow had to go to Dalton.
The North Chapel, formerly the Church of England mortuary chapel, is also used twice a month for services of the Greek Orthodox Community of St Simon (q.v.). The South Chapel, formerly the nonconformist mortuary chapel, is now disused.
The Cemetery. - Barrow, though now a separate parish, was for some years dependent upon the mother-church of Dalton, and all its dead were carried thither for interment. The limited extent of the burial-ground attached to the church, and the increasing number of interments, soon rendered necessary another and more commodious cemetery. Accordingly a Burial Board was formed ; the site fixed upon was the high ground rising from the Abbey Road and overlooking the lower portion of the village, which is well adapted for the purpose. Devious walks wind through the grounds, lined by rows of weeping willow, ash, laburnum, &c., whilst the funereal yew lends variety to the landscape by the sombre tints of its foliage; and amongst the monumental headstones may be noted the absence of those foolish inscriptions and poetic effusions which disgrace the grave-yards of too many of our parish churches. There are two mortuary chapels, one appropriated to the Church of England and the other to the Dissenters. The Cemetery was opened in 1802, further enlarged in 1873, and now covers an area of ten acres.Cumbria Record Office, Barrow.
from Mannex's directory of Furness & Cartmel, 1882
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