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Rosary Cemetery open day

Rosary 200 logo Published on Friday, 4th October 2019

Two centuries of the city’s history will be proudly celebrated this month when we mark the 200th anniversary of Rosary Cemetery.

The beautiful Thorpe Hamlet based cemetery will be holding a free family-friendly open day on Saturday 12 October from 11am to 4pm to mark the special occasion.

Run by the city council and Friends of Rosary Cemetery, the day will feature nature and historical guided tours as well as family friendly games and activities including memorial and wildlife treasure hunts.

Throughout the decades, Rosary Cemetery has become the final resting place of many well-known names – including the Colman family, some of those who lost their lives in the 1874 Thorpe rail accident and the founder of the cemetery, Thomas Drummond.

There will also be an opportunity to find out more about bee hotel making and conservation as well as Norwich Men’s Shed.

Councillor Matthew Packer, Norwich City Council’s cabinet member with responsibility for cemeteries, said:

“We hope that this fantastic free event shows people everything the cemetery has to offer whilst celebrating 200 years of this hidden gem.

"The Rosary is such a unique place in the heart of Norwich and we would love to see a big turnout to help us celebrate.

“The bicentennial event is part of the wider regeneration project for both Rosary and Earlham cemeteries which aim to protect and enhance the natural environment.”

This year also marks the 20 year anniversary of the Friends of the Rosary group.

Nick Williams, chair of the Friends of the Rosary Cemetery, said:

“We look forward to welcoming all to the Rosary so we can proudly tell you the stories of its history and natural importance.

“The celebration event also provides an opportunity to hear about the work of the Friends and how people can get involved.”

Details of all other tours and events at the Rosary can be found at www.norwich.gov.uk/Rosary200