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Sandymount Cemetery lies in the east end of Glasgow, just to the east of Springboig, and along the southern side of Hallhill Road. The entrance to the cemetery lies at the end of Gartocher Terrace, off Gartocher Road, Springboig. Further access points also exist from roads around the edge of the cemetery

The cemetery covers almost 27 acres, and contains a Jewish burial ground, and a Muslim area.

As of 2011, it had 5,950 monuments, including 1,250 Jewish and 350 Muslim.

There are 180 Commonwealth War Graves within the grounds.

Many of the monuments reflect both World Wars, in particular World War II, as a result of Glasgow's shipbuilding yards on the Clyde making the area a prime target for enemy bombers.

Sandymount Cemetery Heritage Trail

Booklet cover, 2011

Glasgow City Council has prepared a Heritage Trail booklet which describes the cemetery and its history in some detail, but although a downloadable version is referred to, it was not available at the the time of writing. The printed version, which can be picked up for free in Glasgow museums, is 68 pages long, and looks at some 44 graves in particular, with much of the material including relevant historic detail and photographs.[1]

A subsequent check for the online version of this booklet in early 2013 found that not only was it not available, the Glasgow Council web site no longer appeared to contain any reference to it, the heritage trail mentioned, or the cemetery.

Sandymount Regeneration Project

The Sandymount Regeneration Project was established in 2004, in response to the condition of the cemetery. Its aim was reverse the effect of vandalism and deterioration, and eliminate the conditions which allowed vandalism to thrive. It saw the laying of headstones horizontally, just below grass level, to allow grass cutting and general maintenance by the Land Services Department of Glasgow City Council[2]


1 Sandymount Cemetery Heritage Trail Retrieved June 16, 2011. Dead link 2013.

2 Sandymount Regeneration Project Retrieved June 16, 2011.

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