Hyde Park Cemetery as an educational resource

Certain places, even those that may be familiar to us, can help us to learn not just about the past, but the present, too. Hyde Park Cemetery is no exception. This educational aspect is one which the Friends of Hyde Park Cemetery are keen to develop and promote.

A number of resources are already available, as below:

Self-Guided Walks – Leaflets

The Friends have produced the following leaflets, each one forming the basis of a walk around part of Hyde Park Cemetery, visiting the graves of notable people or, in the case of the Heritage Circuit, other points of interest, too.  Click on the links below to open PDF versions of the leaflets.

Guide No.1 – Notable Doncastrians

Guide No.2 – More Notable Doncastrians

Heritage Circuit

Whilst these guides are available free of charge, you may like to consider making a donation towards the work of the Friends: we would be extremely grateful. Please either click on the Donate button at the foot of this page or, alternatively, send a cheque, made payable to ‘Friends of Hyde Park Cemetery’, to the address shown on our Contact Us page.

If you are unable to print the leaflets from the above links, copies may be obtained from Doncaster Council’s Tourist Information Centre, located next door to the town’s historic Mansion House, at:

1 Priory Place
01302 734309
email: tourist.information@doncaster.gov.uk

Themed Walks

Members of the Friends of Hyde Park Cemetery lead several guided walks each year, explaining a little of the history of the site and visiting a selection of graves chosen because they are linked to the theme of the particular walk on that day.  These themed walks usually occur on summer Sunday afternoons. This includes a walk to coincide with the annual Heritage Open Days events in September.  For details of forthcoming walks please refer to the Events page.



Illustrated Talk

An illustrated talk entitled “Hyde Park Cemetery – A Biography of Doncaster” has been prepared; it lasts approximately one hour.  If you are interested in having a member of the Friends present the talk to a group in the Doncaster area with which you are involved, please contact us.  A small fee is payable, with the proceeds going to the Friends to help them in continuing their work.


Schools’ Involvement

Hyde Park Cemetery has the potential to be a valuable source of learning for local school children.  We would welcome approaches from local teachers who are interested in bringing groups of children to the cemetery.


Burial Records

The registers containing the official records of the graves and burials within Hyde Park Cemetery are held at Doncaster Council’s Archives.  Further information about Doncaster Archives can be found by following this link. We should also like to draw your attention to our Grave Finder Service.


Doncaster and District Family History Society (DDFHS)

Over recent years, the DDFHS has accumulated a large amount of information concerning the burials and monuments in Hyde Park Cemetery.  For details of what the society has available, please visit the DDFHS Website.


‘Standing Stones – Recumbent Ancestors’ – A book on Hyde Park Cemetery

This book, by Margaret Pidcock Burns, was published in 2003, prior to the formation of the Friends of Hyde Park Cemetery.  As the book is now out of print, Margaret has made it available online and it can be accessed by clicking here.  Our readers are reminded that the Friends of Hyde Park Cemetery are not responsible for the content of external websites.