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Tony Flynn
Weaste Cemetery which opened in 1857 was Salford's first municipal Cemetery, set in 39 acres is is the final resting place for over 330,000 people.


A visit to the Cemetery is recommended for several reasons, firstly it acts as a discovery into Salford's Victorian past, the founding fathers of our City are buried there alongside many people of various walks of life, musicians, sportsmen, servicemen, politicians and paupers. 

Secondly it is a history lesson in itself by reading the tombstones you can learn about the lives of the people who are buried there, also the Victorian attitude to death is shown by the huge ornate gothic tombs decorated with angels, weeping cherubs, urns, broken staffs all representatives of death. 

The size of the Cemetery means that it is a haven for wildlife and endangered species of birds and fauna. A special eco park has been set up with information boards dotted around the Cemetery to show the good work being done there. 

This article first appeared on SalfordOnline on the 11th of Jun 2009, it is loving republished here with the blessing of  'Professional Spill't Pint Mourner' Tony Flynn and was filmed by Tony Thornborough.

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