WHERE IS IT? In the Lambhill area of Glasgow, far north-west of the city centre, neighbouring the Maryhill district
The Western Necropolis is also known as St Kertigerns and Lambhill Cemetery. It was the last of Glasgow’s four Necropoli to be built, established in 1882. Of the four, the Western Necropolis is both the largest and furthest from the city centre.
It is also unique among the other three in that it has a Crematorium on the grounds. The building was designed by James Chalmers in 1893 and completed a couple of years later. It was the first crematorium in Scotland, and the third to be built in the whole of Great Britain.
The Western Necropolis forms part of a larger cemetery network with the adjoining Lambhill Cemetery and St. Kentigern's Cemetery, the latter named after the found of Glasgow, St. Mungo, using his other name. Further afield lies the Glasgow Garnethill Hebrew Burial Ground, which was founded in 1989, catering to the city’s Jewish community.
As with many of Glasgow’s larger cemeteries, the Western Necropolis contains many war graves of the brave men and women who fought in various global conflicts. As well as the two World Wars, there is also a tribute memorial to those who died in the South African War of 1899 to 1902, better known as the Boer or Second Boer War.
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