HISTORY OF THE CHURCHYARD
Walker Churchyard is sited adjacent to Walker Park in the east end of the City of Newcastle Upon Tyne in the North East of England. It is also adjacent to the Anglican Church of Christ Church Walker (also known as Walker Parish Church)
The Churchyard is very extensive, it was at one time reputedly the largest in England (some say in Europe!). On the day of the consecration of the Church on Tuesday 22nd August 1848, the Bishop of Durham consecrated 1.5 acres of ground surrounding the Church for burial purposes. A further 3 acres were added in 1864 and 7 more in 1899, making a total of 11.5 acres. Despite considerable local effort and input from Newcastle City Council and European funding, it suffers from neglect and vandalism. There is a fine memorial to Robert Chambers, 19th Century 'aquatic champion of England', a great oarsman. In the year 2000. a Yew tree was planted in the Churchyard (to the east of the Church) to commemorate the Millenium.
The Robert Chambers Memorial
The following two photos are shown with the kind permission and courtesy of Newcastle City Council and show how the Churchyard looked in 1928