Birkdale Cemetery is one of two municipal cemeteries in Southport. The cemetery is managed by Sefton Council. The aim of this site is to photograph the headstones in Birkdale Cemetery and make them accessible to all. Deterioration and the effects of weathering are an inevitable part of the history of a headstone. As a result for many headstones their inscriptions may well be unreadable. Since the cemetery has been used since the early 1900s, many of the earlier graves do not have headstones. Many of the graves are well tended and this may well be reflected in any photograph of that headstone.
The photographs of graves taken in the cemetery are now being recorded on the Billiongraves website. This will aid linking graves to family tree searches. Around 9000 people are currently indexed on this site. This number is growing month by month. You can try to find a grave by searching the table below. On tablets and phones you will need to expand the row by clicking the plus symbol, to show all the details. If you select ‘view grave’, their grave photograph, details and GPS location, will be shown on their website opened in a new page.
Given the number of graves (in the thousands) in Birkdale Cemetery, it will take some time to complete this task. Graves are being recorded a section of the cemetery at a time, recording the oldest sections first. It is also an active cemetery, so that new headstones will appear each year. This means that the contents will be continually added over time.
Monuments mark the final resting place of people whatever their origins and status. The materials, design, craftsmanship and inscriptions of these monuments are a rich and irreplaceable repository of information that connects us with previous generations and their history. They continue to be objects of respect but unfortunately, many monuments are also neglected. Deterioration and the effects of weathering are an inevitable part of the history of a monument.
Liverpool Road Cemetery is located between Ainsdale and Birkdale, two villages south of Southport. The cemetery along with Ainsdale Golf Course separates Birkdale from Ainsdale.
In 1881 Birkdale Local Board approached Charles Weld-Blundell, a local land owner, with the intent of purchasing land for a cemetery. Charles Weld- Blundell offered 10 acres of land opposite the Birkdale Farm School at a cost of £2,000, this was purchased in 1885. The Board then loaned £4,000 to lay out the cemetery, which was opened in 1903.
From outside Liverpool Road Cemetery it is impossible not to notice the large, ornate memorials that fill the older sections of the site. Inside, the entrance rockery has been restored and a formal network of paths guides you around the site. Further into the site, the cemetery opens out over the adjacent golf course and dunes; even on busy days it is very tranquil. Many visitors choose Liverpool Road Cemetery as a final resting place for their loved ones because of this.
Monuments vary from the grandiose constructions of the Victorian professional classes to the basic headstones of the poor. In the 20th century burial monuments tended to be less grandiose than those from the Georgian and Victorian eras; there was a move towards more modest, uniform and minimal markers. Today you can see that there is a great variety of headstones reflecting personal tastes.
If you walk around the cemetery, you can experience the craftsmanship that has been put into the construction of these headstones. You can also gain little snippets of a person’s life and the impact they have had on their families through the inscriptions that have had carved onto these headstones. With cemetery being used for over one hundred years and having thousands of graves, it provides a rich source of history and craftsmanship.
Getting more help
This cemetery is managed by Sefton Council with which I have no association.
If you have require any information about the administration of the cemetery you should contact them.
If you are looking for a grave, please email them with the name of the deceased and the year they passed away.
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