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West Hill Cemetery Guided Tours

West Hill Cemetery, St. James Lane, Winchester, Hampshire, SO22 4NX

West Hill Cemetery opened as a private company in 1840, and closed for new burials (except for where plots had already been purchased) in the 1950s. It provided for consecrated (Anglican) and unconsecrated (non-conformist) burials and, from the mid-1850s until the opening of the cemetery on Morn Hill in 1914, it was one of very few places where burials regularly took place in the city. It holds around 22,000 burials, with only a fraction memorialised today.

Since 2016, staff and students at the University of Winchester have been undertaking a project researching the history of the Cemetery. To date, the project has photographed and transcribed all the gravestones and created a walk highlighting significant ones. Work is currently underway to digitise all the records of the burial company, create a memorial for the military graves (there are around 150 of them, including two Victoria Cross holders) and undertake non-intrusive radar work.

Two guided tours led by academics involved in the research project will take visitors around the cemetery to reveal the history of the site and tell the stories of some of the notable people buried there.

Please note if the weather is very bad, the tours may be cancelled.

  • Friday 20 September: Two Guided Tours taking place. Morning tour begins 11:00, and Afternoon tour starts 12:30

Access Information:
Please note that the tours take place outside and will cover uneven and possibly muddy ground. Appropriate footwear must be worn. For this reason, these tours are not suitable for people with mobility issues. If the weather is very bad, the tours may be cancelled.

Additional Information:
Max 12 people per tour/session. Walk takes approx 45 minutes.