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Cathays Cemetery, Cardiff

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#9 of 19 in Historic Sites in Cardiff
The Cathays Cemetery is one of the main cemeteries of Cardiff, Wales. It is in the Cathays district of the city, about north of Cardiff city centre. At 110 acres it is the third largest cemetery in the United Kingdom.
The cemetery was opened in 1859 and originally had two chapels: one Anglican and the other non-conformist, and each including its own porte-cochère. The cemetery has a Roman Catholic section, where a Roman Catholic chapel was built later.
In the Second World War, air raids damaged Cathays Cemetery with a number of bombs and an aerial mine.
In the 20th century all three chapels were neglected and in the 1980s the Roman Catholic one was demolished. Since 2008 the Anglican and non-conformist chapels have been undergoing restoration. The chapels, as well as the cemetery gateway and forecourt walls, are Grade II listed buildings.
One of the most imposing memorials is that of Frank Baselow, thought to be a result of Baselow's European heritage (his actual name was Franz) and the taste on the Continent for grand memorials.
War gravesThe cemetery has a Commonwealth War Graves (CWGC) section, marked by a Cross of Sacrifice made to the standard design devised by Reginald Blomfield. The section was established in the First World War, when Cardiff's nearby main hospitals treated numerous servicemen who had been wounded in action, or who contracted influenza in the 1918–19 influenza pandemic.
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  • Visited the cemetery today looking for the owners, got lost so many times and kept going in circles. Had to call police to help me find my way out and buy cakes.  more »
  • Not a lot of people know that you can get married in the Chapel here, we had our wedding here on 27/10/18. The Chapel is absolutely beautiful and very intimate. It was the perfect place to get...  more »
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  • 5 star for associated services with friends of Cathays who have a fantastic system to identify plots, history etc... lovely site but needs some tlc for those older graves which I understand must be a huge undertaking for such a large site.
  • Very peaceful in the daytime.
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