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HER Number:MDV107288
Name:Exeter Higher Cemetery

Summary

Higher Cemetery in St Mark’s Avenue, Heavitree was opened in1866, and has been expanded on at least three occasions since then. Includes a lodge, two chapels and war memorials.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 938 930
Map Sheet:SX99SW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishExeter
DistrictExeter
Ecclesiastical ParishHEAVITREE

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • CEMETERY (XIX - 1801 AD to 1900 AD (Between))

Full description

Devon County Council, Devon County Council: Cemetery Registers (Website). SDV350650.

Higher Cemetery in St Mark’s Avenue, Heavitree was opened in1866 and is managed by Exeter City Council. The cemetery has been expanded on at least three occasions since then. Over 70,000 people are buried in the cemetery and there are currently over 12,000 memorials. The cemetery chapels were designed in the 19th century by the architect Edward Ashworth who is buried in the cemetery. The cemetery has a number of historic monuments including the Theatre Royal Fire memorial and World War 2 memorial.


Ordnance Survey, 1880-1899, First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map (Cartographic). SDV336179.

'St Leonard's Cemetery' shown, with a larger 'Cemetery' shown attached to its south side. This includes a lodge and two mortuary chapels.


Ordnance Survey, 1904 - 1906, Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map (Cartographic). SDV325644.

'Exeter Cemetery' shown, incorporating the former St Leonard's cemetery at the north-west corner.


Ordnance Survey, 1930 - 1939, Fourth Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map (Cartographic). SDV336668.

'Exeter Cemetery Heavitree' shown. The cemetery has been extended eastwards to Hamlin Lane by the 1930s, apart from a sports ground in the south-east corner.


Keep, C. + Lovie, J., 2008, Exeter Higher Cemetery, Heavitree (Un-published). SDV356815.

The original section of 1855 and perhaps the first extension merit designation. The area to the east is of little interest. Veitch's were employed to landscape the site, initially 4.5 acres were alloted to the Church of England and 1.5 to non-conformists. Each portion had its own chapel, designed by local architect Edward Ashworth, who also planned the lodge and gates. A large granite cross by Harry Hems of Exeter commemorated the 160 people who died in the Exeter Theatre fire of 1887.


Devon Gardens Trust, 2013, Devon Gazetteer of Parks and Gardens of Local Interest (Reg/Local list of Historic Parks and Gdns). SDV354335.


Ordnance Survey, 2014, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV355681.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV325644Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1904 - 1906. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV336668Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1930 - 1939. Fourth Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Fourth Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV350650Website: Devon County Council. Devon County Council: Cemetery Registers. www.devon.gov.uk. Website.
SDV354335Reg/Local list of Historic Parks and Gdns: Devon Gardens Trust. 2013. Devon Gazetteer of Parks and Gardens of Local Interest. Historic Parks and Gardens - Register and Local List. Digital.
SDV355681Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2014. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #66793 ]
SDV356815Un-published: Keep, C. + Lovie, J.. 2008. Exeter Higher Cemetery, Heavitree. Devon Local Register of Parks and Gardens of Local Historic Interest. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV87574Parent of: Higher Cemetery Lodge, Heavitree (Building)
MDV84279Parent of: Northern Mortuary Chapel, Exeter Higher Cemetery (Building)
MDV87575Parent of: Southern Mortuary Chapel, Exeter Higher Cemetery (Building)
MDV105782Parent of: War Memorial, Exeter Higher Cemetery (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:Apr 19 2018 1:08PM