History on your doorstep!

A leaflet is available highlighting the historical interest of Walton Park Cemetery. The cemetery and its buildings are owned by Our Lady & St. Nicholas parish church. Rice Lane Community Association, our parent company, leases the site on our behalf.

Within the cemetery walls are a number of war graves and family burial plots. A number of noted Liverpool people are buried there.

Robert Tressell's grave
Robert Tressell’s grave – the author’s real name was Noonan.

The cemetery has a long connection with the buildings it is situated between – the former Walton Workhouse (also known as the West Derby Union Workhouse and now Walton Hospital) and Walton Prison. Here lie buried thousands of unknown paupers who died dreadful deaths in the workhouse.

The cemetery includes the graves of Robert Tressell who wrote the great Victorian novel of working-class life, ‘The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists’, and of James Carling whose illustrations for Edgar Allen Poe’s famous poem ‘The Raven’ are considered definitive.