Bringing the Past into the Present

WALKER CHURCHYARD MEMORIAL GROUP


Welcome to the website of

Walker Churchyard Memorial Group.





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Walker Churchyard is situated in the Parish of Walker, in the east end of the City of Newcastle Upom Tyne in the North East of England. In times gone by, Walker Churchyard was one of the largest Churchyards in Europe. Today, it is generally closed to further burials (apart from the occasional burial or scattering of ashes. The Churchyard contains the remains of many of the residents of Walker, who lived in Walker from the mid-19th Century to the latter part of the 20th Century. Many of those residents would have worked in the great industries that sprang up along the banks of the river Tyne in the days of the industrial revolution, particularly the engineering industries that grew up in the area as a result. Indeed, Walker Parish Church, which is situated adjacent to the Churchyard grounds was founded by the generous support of the families of the owners of many of those great industries, such as the Shipbuilders Swan Hunters, or the engineering firm of Wigham Richardson.

Walker Churchyard Memorial Group is a non-denominational voluntary group dedicated to supporting the upkeep of the Churchyard and to record the details of those who are buried within it. Within the pages of this website you will find details of the history of the Churchyard, the aims of the Group and the work that we are hoping to carry out.

The records and information that we have already collected and hope to continue to collect in the future, will be of great value to those who are researching family trees, or who are trying to trace the family history of ancestors who lived and were buried in Walker in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Lastly, a very big thank-you to Walker Local History Group for their recent and very kind donation to the work of our Group (see Thank You page)