Cemetery tours shows graves of town figures

NILALM110910B1 - Park cemetery Ilkeston from left conservation officer James White and members of the local history society Stephen Flinders and Danny Corns with the register of burials
NILALM110910B1 - Park cemetery Ilkeston from left conservation officer James White and members of the local history society Stephen Flinders and Danny Corns with the register of burials

GUIDED tours were offered to visitors of Park Road cemetery on Saturday to highlight the site’s history.

The event, was organised by Erewash Borough Council and the Ilkeston and District Local History Society as part of the annual Heritage Open Days organised nationally by English Heritage.

Burials have been taking place at the cemetery since September 1892 and the site contains a collection of memorial sculptures as well as a memorial to the First World War and a number of war graves.

Cllr Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s lead member for culture and leisure, said: “Park Cemetery is a fascinating Victorian burial ground and features the graves of many notable figures of the area, including local lace and hosiery manufacturers and several Mayors of Ilkeston.

“The tours provided residents and visitors with a unique opportunity to explore and enjoy its history and, architecture.”