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 7000 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. If you select 'view grave', their grave photograph, details and GPS location, will be shown on their website opened in a new page.
Previously, photographs of graves were published only on this website. There are around 500 graves searchable here, which have yet to be recorded in Billiongraves. If you cannot find the grave in the search below, try searching in the gallery.
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.