St Sepulchre's Cemetery is a Victorian disused cemetery in Jericho, Oxford. The entrance from Walton Street comprises a pair of massive, mid-19th century cast-iron carriage gates supported by cast-iron piers with cross finials. The gates provide access to a drive which leads through an avenue of mature limes bordered by brick walls, to reach the mid-19th century gothic gatehouse. Once through the gatehouse gothic arch the cemetery contains a good, representative collection of mid and late-C19 monuments, generally arranged in rows among the specimen trees and shrubs, together with several monuments of particular interest.
There are many notable people buried in the cemetery and an interesting list can be found on the web site:
The Cemetery is a haven for wildlife with many woodland plants associated with disturbed ground. The shade cast by beech and cherry trees give ideal conditions for Male Fern, Herb Robert and Enchanters Nightshade. The least common plant is Deadly Nightshade, which is uncommon in Oxfordshire. Its presence here is probably linked to medical usage in the past. The dark conditions enable spring flowers such as Spanish Bluebells and Cuckoo Pint, to thrive. Common woodland edge plants seen are Dog Rose, Bramble, Elder and Hawthorn.
St Sepulchre’s Cemetery has benefitted greatly from an active Friends group, who meet on a regular basis to carry out planned activities that benefit the overall feel of the Cemetery.
“The gloomiest and most enthralling of the Oxford burial places” (Jan Morris)