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Prior to the middle of the nineteenth century, burial grounds of different religions were scattered all over the borough so Tynemouth corporation decided that the time had come to build one central cemetery. Land measuring 33 acres was purchased from Mr. John Fenwick of North Shields from the grounds of Preston Villa for this purpose. The cemetery was opened on New Years Day 1857 and consecrated by the Bishop of Durham on April 23rd 1857. A walk through the cemetery today gives one feelings of both sadness and tranquillity - sadness when one looks at the headstones describing the lives of loved ones, and tranquillity in the silence away from the hustle and bustle of daily life. The beautifully cared for grounds contain two chapels. The southernmost, built of stone and with a steeple, is a dissenters or non-conformists chapel and has been kept in such good condition that one would think that it had been newly constructed. The northernmost chapel has had a crematorium added to it and is always bedecked with the most beautiful plants and flowers placed there by those remembering lost friends and relatives. On the southern wall of the cemetery is mounted a plaque recording the re-interment of the remains of Quakers taken from the burial ground in Cullercoats. In 1872, Tynemouth Corporation wished to extend John Street in Cullercoats, to Marden Burn so that it would join Whitley Lane (now Whitley Road). As the burial ground was in the way, permission was sought from and granted by the Society of friends to remove the remains and headstones to Preston Cemetery where they lie today. Twelve headstones in weather-worn and broken condition were taken to Preston and they commemorated the following people:

Open the photograph album left to view many more pictures of the cemetery, unusual stones and epitaphs. I will add more photographs as I visit this cemetery. If you would like to add your own, please contact me, and if they are suitable, I will add them, with an acknowledgement. There may be several pages in this album.

Who is buried in Preston Cemetery?

Wilkinson's Air Raid Disaster 

SS Stanley Memorial

Edward Jennings VC




Click this image of Eleanor Dove to view the Quaker Burials page