Aberdeen City Graveyards - Trinity Cemetery


Trinity cemetery was opened in 1887. It is on a large site located to the north of the city centre, near the beach adjacent to (the soon to be sold) Aberdeen football stadium. 

It comprises two sections. The westerly section is the larger of the two with the later 20th century easterly extension (originally a gravel pit) located on the other side of Park Road. Both sections slope upward from this road.  The official main entrance is at the west end, where the cemetery lodge can be seen, with access via Errol Street. The westerly section contains approximately 5600 stones naming a little over 14000 individuals. The earliest date I could confirm on the inscriptions was 1843 though the vast majority (as you would expect) are either late Victorian or 20th century. The eastery extension is smaller, containing approximately 3300 stones with a little over 7300 named individuals. The earliest date I found recorded in the extension was 1891 though the vast majority of the stones date from the 1940's to the present time.

Trinity is a large 'open' cemetery consisting mainly of grass and gravel walkways. There are few bushes and even fewer trees. It is well maintained but the lack of the aforementioned trees or larger shrubs gives it a somewhat stark appearance. The advantage of this layout however is that you can see the whole cemetery from practically anywhere within the grounds. A wonderful view can be had from the top of the cemetery, with the whole grounds before you. Beyond this lies a view of the beach and the North Sea.

In 1940 a German aircraft tried to destroy the gasometer in the adjoining gas works (the site is now occupied by an apartment complex). They failed in that quest but evidence of the 'strafing' can still be seen on some of the memorials located to the south-east of the site. To see how this blasted chunks out of these granite memorials gives you some idea of the power behind these armaments. It must have been terrifying to be caught in such a raid.

I would recommend car parking on Park Road, (though watch out for football match days when there is no parking) with both sites easily visited from this location. Best avoided on match days when there can be large crowds afoot.

There are just a few memorials showing artistic distinction, nearly all of which are in the original cemetery grounds. The easterly extension site is dominated by a large memorial to those who gifted their bodies to medical science. This is located at the top of the easterly section, extreme left. 

On my visits during 2011 I found just a couple of toppled stones - a remarkably low number for such a big site. Overall this is a well maintained cemetery which is worth seeing for the wonderful views over the cemetery looking out to sea. A beautiful vista on a sunny day. For that alone I can recommend it to you.

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Memorial close to eastern entrance
of Trinity Cemetery