Family Research – English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy

4/4/2007

Holywell Cemetery

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Holywell Cemetery is next to St Cross Church in Oxford, England. The cemetery is behind the church in St Cross Road, north of Longwall Street.

In the mid 19th century, the graveyards of the six parishes in central Oxford became full, so Merton College made some of its land available to form the cemetery in 1847. It is now a wildlife refuge with many birds (including Pheasants that nest there) and butterflies, as well as small and larger mammals, including Muntjac deer and foxes. It is a wonderful and quiet rural corner in urbanized central Oxford.

A number of well-known people are buried in the cemetery, including:

Henry Wentworth Acland, physician and educator
James Blish, the American expatriate author
Kenneth Grahame, author of The Wind in the Willows
Walter Pater, essayist and critic
Lord Redcliffe-Maud, civil servant and Master of University College, Oxford
John Stainer, composer
Kenneth Tynan, theatre critic and author
Charles Williams, novelist and poet

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