Friends of St Mary's Cemetery

Our aim is to restore respect to this beautiful and much loved cemetery so that all who rest here do so with dignity and respect,  and all who visit here do so in peace and safety,  assured that their loved ones are resting in a place of beauty and tranquillity.

The Friends of Saint Mary’s Cemetery, with the full support from Warrington Borough Council Bereavement Services, are proud of their achievements over the past years. We constantly carry out ongoing repairs and improvements to all aspects of the cemetery.

The first burial was on 3rd July 1881 and was of a little girl called Emily Goulden who was only 18 months old. The cemetery was then officially closed on 8th May 2003 at a meeting of the Privy Council (chaired by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II) at the court of Buckingham Palace.

The cemetery has numerous military graves and memorials ranging from war graves of fallen heroes from 3 conflicts, a grave of an “unknown Warrior” and Sgt. James Donohue, one of the buglers who sounded the charge for the Light Brigade in the Crimean War.

We have, on site, a listed War Memorial which is the focal point of the annual Armistice Day observations for Penketh & Great Sankey. We also have, resting in our beautiful cemetery, family members of people from both local and global history, from the local tannery families to a relative of Sir William Morgan Stanley, the man who uttered the immortal words “Dr Livingstone, I presume”.

We are a strictly voluntary organisation. No commissions, expenses or salaries are paid to any of our volunteers.

If you want to get involved, or if you need our help in any way, please contact us via the web site.

"Oh for the touch of a vanished hand. And the sound of a voice that is still"


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  • Action Days 2017
    Action Days 2017

    We will resume our action days very shortly, watch this space for updates soon. Please come and join us, many hands make light work and we may even throw in a brew and a biscuit.