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.
Birkdale Cemetery is located between Ainsdale and Birkdale, two villages south of Southport. The cemetery along with Ainsdale Golf Course separates Birkdale from Ainsdale.
Find A Grave
More than 10000 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. 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 Billiongraves website opened in a new page.
Some of the graves have been recorded on the Find A Grave website. For these, when you expand the row, you will see the link to that website as well. Often extra personal information is recorded for that person on their website.
If you plan to visit the grave you can find some adive here.
If you cannot find the grave in the table, the contact details for Sefton can be found here.
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.
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.
Advice for visiting a grave
The cemetery is open from dawn and closes from 4pm to 7pm depending on the month. The current opening times can be found here: opening times
The cemetery is organised into distinct sections and can see these explore the site layout in more detail here.
If you find the grave you were looking for in the table above, then this will show the section the grave is in there. By clicking on the View Grave button, the GPS location of the grave will be shown as a pin on the Billiongrave website (you will need to scroll down the page to see this). This is an approximate position for the grave, marking the position the photo was taken from, so may be a short distance from the actual grave.
If you were given the location of the grave from the local authority, they may give you the grave number of the grave. Most graves in sections B-F and H are unlikely to have the grave number present on the headstone, so you will need to have rely on other details provided by them In other sections, sufficient headstones will have number on the backs of their headstones to aid finding the correct grave.
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.
Their contact details are: