From the time of the formation of the Trust in April 2000, volunteers have been researching the lives of those buried in the Cemetery. In 2004, with the help of funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, a self-guided Heritage Trail booklet was produced, with information on fifty notable graves. In the intervening years the good work carried out by the early volunteers has continued, and because subsequent research has revealed so many more interesting stories, a second volume has been produced, detailing a further forty two notable burials.
Examples from each of the heritage trails are:-
Rev Stephen Hawker – the talented poet best known for the Song of the Western Men which contains the famous lines "And shall Trelawney live? Or shall Trelawney die? Here's twenty thousand Cornishmen, Will know the reason why!"
Mary Ann Hockaday - a Matron for 40 years at the South Devon and Cornwall Institution for the Blind
James (Jimmy) Peters – In 1906 he became the first black rugby player to play for England.
Mabel Ramsey - Plymouth's first woman surgeon who was the first woman to be appointed Surgeon-Gynaecologist at Plymouth City Hospital.
The Heritage Trail booklets can be obtained from the Visitor Centre or Cemetery Office priced £3.50 each or £6 for the two if purchased together or online from our shop