This Victorian Cemetery was opened as ‘Byker & Heaton Cemetery’ on April 24th 1890. It is a large space enclosed within a brick wall. Within it are two fine chapels to the north and south of a lodge at the west entrance gates. A tree-lined central avenue runs the length of the cemetery, and paths branch from this to form a grid in the cemetery.
The cemetery contains 158 scattered First World War burials, mostly of local men who had died in Newcastle's military hospitals, including the 1st Northern General, posted in Armstrong College. In the early months of the Second World War, ground was set aside in the centre of the cemetery for service war burials but this was comparatively little used and there are only 25 graves here. The rest of the 113 Second World War burials are scattered throughout the cemetery.
31st December 2021
The stone lodge at the west entrance to Heaton Cemetery is a fine two storey building. On its south face are two bay windows either side of an entrance door. The bay windows have stone roofs and mullions. In the south face gable is a stone carved vent, a feature repeated on the west face gable, on which the date stone (‘1890’) is also placed.
Broken windows and damaged/blocked guttering is giving the chapel a run down appearance.
As with the North Chapel the effects of poor upkeep is starting to take it's toll on this fine building.
Commonwealth War Graves.
Etherstone Avenue Entrance.
At the western end of the main aisle someone has hung a few christmas decorations on a tree.
While the issue with the overgrown vegetation in the cemetery last summer seems to have been addressed there are signs of a lack of upkeep.
24th October 2008
11th January 2006
- Sitelines - Benton Road, Byker and Heaton Cemetery
- Sitelines - Benton Road, Byker and Heaton Cemetery, War Memorial
- Sitelines - Benton Road, Heaton Cemetery, Jews' Burial Ground
- Sitelines - Benton Road, Heaton Cemetery, lodge
- Sitelines - Benton Road, Heaton Cemetery, north chapel
- Sitelines - Benton Road, Heaton Cemetery, Cross of Sacrifice
- Commonwealth War Graves - Byker and Heaton Cemetery
- Chronicle Live - Newcastle cemetery in 'heartbreaking' state as overgrown grass and weeds take over graves
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