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
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.
If you require a photo of a specific memorial stone at Trinity
Cemetery then send me your relevant details and I'll
e-mail you what I have. Contact me
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