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The Old Cemetery

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Address: The Old Court Bassett Wood Drive, Southampton SO16 3PT, England
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+44 23 8083 3605

Consecrated in 1843, this is one of England's earliest municipal...

Consecrated in 1843, this is one of England's earliest municipal cemeteries, and is a well-established stop on the graveyard "hunters" trail.

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Especially interesting if you go on one of the free guided tours

This is an interesting cemetery just to stroll around - there are interesting grave stones - some of them commemorating Titanic victims, or sailors or local dignatories. They... read more

Reviewed 13 February 2017
jacqueline t
Southampton, United Kingdom
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
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Reviewed 13 February 2017

This is an interesting cemetery just to stroll around - there are interesting grave stones - some of them commemorating Titanic victims, or sailors or local dignatories. They also keep part of the cemetery "fallow" so there are wild flowers, wild garlic, green woodpeckers and butterflies. There are tarmac paths but you can also wander around , taking care not... More 

Thank jacqueline t
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118 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 January 2017 via mobile

Although not right in the middle of Southampton the cemetery is a centre for the Dead, as with most cemeteries this place is tranquil and interesting, the gravestones tell short, interesting stories and the lichens are as ancient as the stones.

Thank Nigel P
Southampton, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 January 2017

I walked through the old cemetery on the way to the common - the ground is uneven, subsiding in places and overgrown in other areas... it is somewhere that works, you can get lost in thought and explore the grounds. Quiet to be alone with your thoughts and safe in the knowledge that people are going to leave you alone.... More 

Thank 101byIain
Aveiro, Portugal
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14 reviews
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Reviewed 11 September 2016

I have a thing for cemeteries and enjoy wandering around looking at the gravestones and what they have to tell us. Probably due to my profession, I am interested in all things History/Archaeology related. This cemetery is quite large and its organisation demonstrates how it grew throughout time responding to needs of expansion. Thee are many beautiful gravestones here with... More 

Thank J0ana_VT
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5 reviews
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Reviewed 26 August 2016

fab place for peaceful walks, great history and have family here. love the nature here to. just an amazing place

Thank Paula G
Southampton, United Kingdom
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160 reviews
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Reviewed 18 August 2016 via mobile

We use this place all the time when I need peace and quiet or if the common is exceptionally busy. Me and dog wander around reading the headstones and following the little paths to see where they lead. Many old graves here including Titanic staff who perished in the disaster. Two very pretty building at the entrance of the cemetery... More 

Thank Annie A
Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 April 2016

Been to this cemetery many, many times and always find it peaceful and interesting. Having some ancestors buried there, but could not find the graves, I contacted Friends of Southampton Old Common Cemetery group and they not only assisted me by providing the plot number, they also arranged to meet me there and show me where the graves are! With... More 

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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44 reviews
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Reviewed 12 April 2016 via mobile

Been a few times to visit some old family graves up there and all ways found it a nice quiet peaceful area to walk round. Also a family member contacted someone there about a family grave and they found them very helpful.

Thank San T
Southampton, UK
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77 reviews
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Reviewed 30 March 2016

Lots of interesting grave stones here on your way along the main path to the Common. There are many graves from the titanic which are marked with blue sticks. There is also a Commonwealth war memorial.

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Enniskillen, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 February 2016

I took a short walk around the Old Cemetery last week - lots and lots of gravestones! I probably could have spent longer there, but was pushed for time, such a pity to see parts of it very overgrown, I dread to think what it must be like in summer! But other parts are slightly better "kept"

Thank Heather89

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