The Friends of Hyde Park Cemetery

The Friends of Hyde Park Cemetery 

In 2003 a group of like-minded people with an interest in Hyde Park Cemetery came together to create the Friends of Hyde Park Cemetery. The Friends exist to promote and protect the cemetery as a site of historic interest, as well as a green space for the community. 

Why Hyde Park Cemetery?

By the mid-19th century many churchyards were proving insufficient for England’s growing urban population. In 1853, an Act of Parliament allowed local authorities to provide new, non-denominational, cemeteries.

Hyde Park Cemetery, originally known as Doncaster Cemetery, opened in 1856. It was one of the first municipal cemeteries outside of London. The cemetery is the final resting place of many people who helped transform Doncaster from a busy market town to an industrial powerhouse. 

Free Guided Walks

Discover the fascinating life stories of the people buried in the cemetery at our free guided walks through spring and summer.

Grave Finder Service

Are you trying to locate the grave of an ancestor? Our grave finder service can help you uncover your family history.


The Friends of Hyde Park Cemetery are an entirely volunteer-run organisation. Find out how you can get involved.

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Recent News

2023 Walks

That's a wrap! Thank you to everyone who has joined us for our guided walks this year. We've explored some of the many fascinating stories behind the headstones across the cemetery. The money raised at these walks is vital for our work as a small Friends group so...

20 Years of FoHPC

On 3 February 2003, the first constitution for the Friends of Hyde Park Cemetery was approved. That makes us 20 years old! It has been 20 years of cemetery improvements, environmental projects, connecting people with their family history, guided walks, grave...

The View From Above…

As the chapel scaffolding was about to come down, our volunteer Richard was able to get a view of the cemetery from above. Thank you Richard for braving the height - and the cold - for these wonderful pictures.   [gallery link="file" size="large"...