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.