Thornhill cemetery

Last updated
Entrance road to Thornhill cemetery Entrance to Thornhill Cemetery and Crematorium.jpg
Entrance road to Thornhill cemetery
Wenallt Chapel at Thornhill cemetery Wenallt Chapel, Thornhill Cemetery, Cardiff.jpg
Wenallt Chapel at Thornhill cemetery

Thornhill cemetery is a major cemetery and crematorium located in the Thornhill, a northern suburb of Cardiff, south Wales. It is located between the A469 road (Thornhill Road) and the M4 motorway.

Thornhill, Cardiff human settlement in United Kingdom

Thornhill is a northern suburb in the city of Cardiff, capital of Wales, south of Caerphilly.

Cardiff Capital and largest city of Wales

Cardiff is the capital of Wales, and its largest city. The eleventh-largest city in the United Kingdom, it is Wales's chief commercial centre, the base for most national cultural institutions and Welsh media, and the seat of the National Assembly for Wales. At the 2011 census, the unitary authority area population was estimated to be 346,090, and the wider urban area 479,000. Cardiff is a significant tourist centre and the most popular visitor destination in Wales with 21.3 million visitors in 2017. In 2011, Cardiff was ranked sixth in the world in National Geographic's alternative tourist destinations.

Wales Country in northwest Europe, part of the United Kingdom

Wales is a country that is part of the United Kingdom and the island of Great Britain. It is bordered by England to the east, the Irish Sea to the north and west, and the Bristol Channel to the south. It had a population in 2011 of 3,063,456 and has a total area of 20,779 km2 (8,023 sq mi). Wales has over 1,680 miles (2,700 km) of coastline and is largely mountainous, with its higher peaks in the north and central areas, including Snowdon, its highest summit. The country lies within the north temperate zone and has a changeable, maritime climate.

Thornhill Crematorium was opened in 1953 and occupies a 40-acre (160,000 m2) site as part of the Thornhill Cemetery. The cemetery contains two chapels - Wenallt Chapel and Briwnant Chapel -, and the Gardens of Remembrance for the scattering of cremated remains. [1]

Judge and World War II Victoria Cross recipient Sir Tasker Watkins (1918-2007) was cremated here, [2] as was Rhodri Morgan (1939-2017), First Minister of Wales.

World War II 1939–1945 global war

World War II, also known as the Second World War, was a global war that lasted from 1939 to 1945. The vast majority of the world's countries—including all the great powers—eventually formed two opposing military alliances: the Allies and the Axis. A state of total war emerged, directly involving more than 100 million people from over 30 countries. The major participants threw their entire economic, industrial, and scientific capabilities behind the war effort, blurring the distinction between civilian and military resources. World War II was the deadliest conflict in human history, marked by 50 to 85 million fatalities, most of whom were civilians in the Soviet Union and China. It included massacres, the genocide of the Holocaust, strategic bombing, premeditated death from starvation and disease, and the only use of nuclear weapons in war.

Victoria Cross highest military decoration awarded for valour in armed forces of various Commonwealth countries

The Victoria Cross (VC) is the highest and most prestigious award of the British honours system. It is awarded for gallantry "in the presence of the enemy" to members of the British Armed Forces. It may be awarded posthumously. It was previously awarded to Commonwealth countries, most of which have established their own honours systems and no longer recommend British honours. It may be awarded to a person of any military rank in any service and to civilians under military command although no civilian has received the award since 1879. Since the first awards were presented by Queen Victoria in 1857, two-thirds of all awards have been personally presented by the British monarch. These investitures are usually held at Buckingham Palace.

Major Sir Tasker Watkins was a Lord Justice of Appeal and deputy Lord Chief Justice. He was President of the Welsh Rugby Union from 1993 to 2004. In World War II, he was awarded the Victoria Cross, the highest British award for gallantry in the face of the enemy. A war hero who was prominent in the law and in Rugby Union, Watkins was described as The Greatest Living Welshman.

Notes

  1. "The Suburb of Llanishen". Cardiffians. Retrieved August 26, 2010.
  2. Burial Location of VC Holders - Glamorganshire.


Coordinates: 51°32′13″N3°12′34″W / 51.53694°N 3.20944°W / 51.53694; -3.20944

Geographic coordinate system Coordinate system

A geographic coordinate system is a coordinate system that enables every location on Earth to be specified by a set of numbers, letters or symbols. The coordinates are often chosen such that one of the numbers represents a vertical position and two or three of the numbers represent a horizontal position; alternatively, a geographic position may be expressed in a combined three-dimensional Cartesian vector. A common choice of coordinates is latitude, longitude and elevation. To specify a location on a plane requires a map projection.

Related Research Articles

Rookwood Cemetery cemetery in Sydney, Australia

Rookwood Cemetery is a heritage-listed cemetery in Rookwood, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. It the largest necropolis in the Southern Hemisphere and is the world's largest remaining operating cemetery from the Victorian era. It is close to Lidcombe railway station about 17 kilometres west of the Sydney central business district. It was added to the New South Wales State Heritage Register on 2 April 1999.

West Norwood Cemetery cemetery in West Norwood in London, England

West Norwood Cemetery is a 40-acre (16 ha) cemetery in West Norwood in London, England. It was also known as the South Metropolitan Cemetery. One of the first private landscaped cemeteries in London, it is one of the "Magnificent Seven" cemeteries of London, and is a site of major historical, architectural and ecological interest.

City Road Cemetery

The City Road Cemetery is a cemetery in the City of Sheffield, England that opened in May 1881 and was originally Intake Road Cemetery. Covering 100 acres (0.40 km2) it is the largest and is the head office for all the municipally owned cemeteries in Sheffield. The cemetery contains Sheffield Crematorium, whose first cremation was on 24 April 1905.

St Pancras and Islington Cemetery St Pancras and Islington Cemetery, East Finchley.

St Pancras and Islington Cemetery in East Finchley, North London while situated in the London Borough of Barnet is actually two cemeteries, owned by two other London Boroughs, Camden and Islington. The fence along the boundary which runs west to east between the two parts of the cemetery has been removed, although the line of it is still marked.

Croydon Cemetery

Mitcham Road Cemetery, previously called Croydon Cemetery, is a cemetery located next to Mitcham Common near Croydon, which is part of the London Borough of Croydon, London. Croydon Crematorium is located inside the cemetery, and are both managed by Croydon Cemeteries and Crematoriums. The cemetery is much larger than other ones in London. There is also a chapel located inside the cemetery.

Streatham Park Cemetery

Streatham Park Cemetery is a cemetery and crematorium on Rowan Road in Streatham Vale which is managed by Lambeth London Borough Council. The South London Crematorium is situated within the cemetery grounds and opened in 1936.

Carleton Crematorium and Cemetery

Carleton Crematorium, together with the adjacent necropolis, Carleton Cemetery, is a graveyard located within the Greenlands ward of Blackpool with its main entrance on Stocks Road in Carleton, Poulton-le-Fylde, Lancashire, in England. It was opened on 18 July 1935.

City of London Cemetery and Crematorium Cemetery and crematorium in the north east of London, England

The City of London Cemetery and Crematorium is a cemetery and crematorium in the east of London. It is the largest such municipal facility in the UK and probably in Europe.

East Finchley Cemetery cemetery

East Finchley Cemetery is a cemetery and crematorium in East End Road, East Finchley in the London Borough of Barnet. The facilities are owned and managed by the City of Westminster.

Blackley Cemetery

Blackley Cemetery is a large, municipal cemetery situated within the northern suburbs of the city of Manchester, and is owned, operated and maintained by Manchester City Council. The cemetery and crematorium complex is located on Victoria Avenue in the district of Blackley. It was opened in 1953 on land that was previously a golf course.

South Stoneham Cemetery

The South Stoneham municipal cemetery, situated off Mansbridge Road, Southampton, was opened in early 1905, with the first burial taking place on 4 February, and was extended in 1927. The South Stoneham Crematorium was located north of the cemetery but demolished during 1973 to make way for the construction of the M27 motorway. The South Stoneham garden of remembrance is now located at the north end of the cemetery.

Western Cemetery (Cardiff) cemetery in Cardiff, Wales

Western Cemetery is a major cemetery located in the western suburb of Ely, Cardiff, Wales. It is located near the Culverhouse Cross roundabout on the A48 road west of the city and provides burial facilities for people of all faiths.

Woking Crematorium

Woking Crematorium is a crematorium in Woking, a large town in the west of Surrey, England. Established in 1878, it was the first custom-built crematorium in the United Kingdom and is closely linked to the history of cremation in the UK.

The two Camberwell cemeteries are close to one another in Honor Oak, south London, England. Both have noteworthy burials and architecture, and they are an important source of socioeconomic data in recording the historical growth and changing demography in the community for the Southwark area since 1855.

Agecroft Cemetery

Agecroft Cemetery and Crematorium is a public cemetery in Pendlebury, Salford, Greater Manchester.

Macclesfield Cemetery

Macclesfield Cemetery, is a Victorian cemetery located on Prestbury Road, Macclesfield, Cheshire. It was opened on 17 May 1866 and consists of 68 acres (28 ha) of land including gardens of remembrance, cemetery walks take place three times a year. The site contains three chapels, terrace walks overlooking a stream and examples of monumental stone masonry. Macclesfield Crematorium is located within the grounds, the cemetery lodge is on Prestbury Road.

Karori Crematorium heritage building in Karori Cemetery, Wellington, New Zealand

The Karori Crematorium and its adjacent chapel are located in Karori Cemetery in the Wellington suburb of Karori. The crematorium was the first such facility in New Zealand, and it opened in 1909. The Karori Crematorium and chapel are registered by the New Zealand Historic Places Trust as Category I heritage items, with registration number 1399.

Park Crematorium, Aldershot

The Park Crematorium is the crematorium for the town of Aldershot in Hampshire and surrounding districts, including North East Hampshire and parts of Surrey and Berkshire. It was designed by Frank Taylor, the Aldershot Borough Surveyor, and opened in July 1960. Today it is operated and maintained by Rushmoor Borough Council.

Thorncliffe Cemetery and Crematorium

Thorncliffe Cemetery and Crematorium is a 66-acre graveyard located on Devonshire Road in the Ormsgill ward of Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, England.