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Wolvercote Cemetery

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Phone  +44 1865 252516
Wolvercote Cemetery
Address  Banbury Rd, Oxford OX2 8EE, UK
Hours  Open today · 9AM–4:30PMWednesday9AM–4:30PMThursday9AM–4:30PMFriday9AM–4PMSaturdayClosedSundayClosedMonday9AM–4:30PMTuesday9AM–4:30PMSuggest an edit
Burials  J. R. R. Tolkien, Edith Tolkien, James Legge
Similar  The Eagle and Child, Key Hill Cemetery, City Road Cemetery, Witton Cemetery, Welford Road Cemetery

Wolvercote Cemetery is a cemetery in the parish of Wolvercote, Oxford, England. Its main entrance is on Banbury Road and it has a side entrance in Five Mile Drive. It has a funeral chapel, public toilets and a small amount of car parking.


The cemetery was opened in 1889 and now contains more than 15,000 burials.

Wolvercote cemetery


The cemetery has a number of sections for individual religions or ethnicities, including Bahá'í, Muslim, Jewish, Greek Orthodox, Russian Orthodox, Serbian Orthodox, Polish Roman Catholic and other Roman Catholic.

There is an area for the burial of cremated remains, an area for green burials and an area for the burial of stillborns and infants.

Selected burials

Many notable people are buried in Wolvercote Cemetery, including many former academics of the University of Oxford.

  • Sir Ernest Bennett (1865–1947), Oxford fellow, politician, explorer and writer
  • Sir Isaiah Berlin (1909–97), philosopher, with his wife Aline
  • E. J. Bowen (1898–1980), chemist
  • Sir Thomas Chapman, 7th Baronet (1846–1919) and Sarah Junner, parents of T. E. Lawrence
  • T. Lawrence Dale (1884–1959), architect and Oxford Diocesan Surveyor
  • Włodzimierz Brus (1921–2007), economist
  • Elizabeth Edmondson (1948-2016), author
  • Bill Ferrar (1893-1990), mathematician
  • H. L. A. Hart (1907–92), legal philosopher and professor of jurisprudence
  • Albert Hourani (1915–93), scholar of Middle Eastern history
  • Elizabeth Jennings (1926–2001), poet
  • Colonel Adam Koc (1891–1969), politician, soldier and journalist of the Second Polish Republic
  • Peter Laslett (1915–2001), historian
  • James Legge (1815–97), Scottish sinologist and first Professor of Chinese at the University of Oxford
  • Eleanor Constance Lodge (1869–1936), historian
  • James Murray (1837–1915), Scottish lexicographer and philologist, primary editor of the Oxford English Dictionary
  • Dimitri Obolensky (1918–2001), Russian prince and professor of Russian and Balkan history
  • Professor David Patterson (1922–2005), Hebraist
  • Franz Baermann Steiner (1909–52), ethnologist
  • John Stokes (1915–1990), Principal of Queen's College, Hong Kong
  • J. R. R. Tolkien ("Beren", 1892–1973), author and academic, together with his wife Edith ("Lúthien", 1889–1971) and eldest son John Francis Reuel Tolkien (1917–2003)
  • Dino Toso (1969–2008), automotive engineer
  • Brian Tovey (1926–2015), Former head of GCHQ
  • Francis Fortescue Urquhart (1868–1934), fellow of Balliol College
  • Lieutenant-Colonel Helena Wolińska-Brus (1919–2008), military prosecutor at show trials in Stalinist Poland in the 1950s
  • Mike Woodin (1965–2004), Green Party politician
  • E. M. Wright (1906–2005), mathematician
  • War Graves

    The cemetery includes the graves of 44 Commonwealth service personnel: 21 from World War I and 23 from World War II.


    Wolvercote Cemetery Wikipedia

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