Southern Cemetery Walking Tours: Manchester Pop Culture

As part of the ‘Encountering Corpses II‘ event, we once again invited you to make an encounter with Manchester’s most famous burial site.

Sunday 20th March 2016

11am-1pm: Manchester Pop Culture

Emma Fox, of Manchester Guided Tours, lead people around the cemetery visiting the graves of some of Manchester’s most notable residents, in a tour entitled Manchester Pop Culture.

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Manchester has a fine history of providing superlative music and footballing legends to the world. Several of these stories reached their mortal end in the serene environs of The Southern Cemetery. As Morrissey sang ‘meet me at the Cemetery gates’ to seek out the iconoclasts (and some unsung heroes, too) and pay due homage.

Emma Fox, of Manchester Guided Tours, will lead people around the cemetery visiting the graves of some of Manchester’s most notable residents.

Opened in 1879 Southern Cemetery is the largest municipal cemetery in the UK, and the second largest in Europe. Many renowned Mancunians are buried in the cemetery, including British aviator John Alcock (who made history with the first non-stop transatlantic flight in 1919) and Manchester’s first multi-millionaire, industrialist and philanthropist John Rylands.

The cemetery also provides the final resting place for football legends Sir Matt Busby and Billy Meredith as well as ‘Mr Manchester’ himself, Tony Wilson, whose grave is marked with a headstone designed by Peter Saville and Ben Kelly.

Manchester Guided Tours’ Emma Fox, said: “I am delighted to be given the opportunity to guide people through the greenery of Southern Cemetery, visiting the graves of those famous for music, football,cotton, philanthropy, flight, the ship canal, painting, politics, and property. You really can tell the whole story of Manchester just in this beautiful cemetery”.


Read all about this tour in the Manchester Evening News