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

New Grave Appeal: Len Goodson

Len Goodson was a Doncaster Rovers star in the early 1900s. When the team joined the Football League in the 1901-02 season, Len scored their first ever goals in that league. His sale to Middlesborough for a substantial sum helped to pay for a new stand at the team’s...

Remembrance 2022

As well as laying our usual wreath on the cemetery Cross of Sacrifice, we were also delighted to welcome Major Adrian Hunt, Deputy Lieutenant of South Yorkshire to the cemetery today for Remembrance Sunday. We shared some of the fascinating war stories of those buried...

Royal Connections Walk – 12 June 2022

We had a great turn out for our first walk of 2022, 'Royal Connections'. We learnt about jewellers, pub landlords, Royal Train drivers and more. And the sun even made an appearance! Thank you also for your kind donations towards our work in the cemetery. We are so...