Holy Trinity Cathedral Cemetery (Destroyed), Shanghai, China

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Date: 1869 to 1966
Location: Shanghai, Shanghai Municipality, Chinamap
Surnames/tags: Asia_Cemeteries Shanghai
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Cemetery Name: Holy Trinity Cathedral Cemetery

AKA: English Cemetery

Address: 219 Jiujiang Rd, Huangpu, Shanghai, China, 200232

GPS Coordinates: 31.236612, 121.486063

Estimated Burials: No formal records available.

Information: Holy Trinity Cathedral was completed in 1869 and for more than a century, its spire was the tallest structure in the city. It is the seat of the Anglican Church in Shanghai, and is known by the Shanghainese as 'Hong Miao' (Red Temple). The church yard is also known as the English Cemetery. From 1936 until 1951, the church accepted the ashes of the destitute foreigners, Anglican parishioners, and those who died while interned by the Japanese. When all European church officials were forced out of China, the remaining records related to burials at the Cathedral were either destroyed or smuggled back to England. (An Aug. 2013 interview by REPeterson confirmed the Cathedral has no records.)

A document exists called "University of Bristol: Remains Interred in Holy Trinity Cathedral Shanghai" listing remains turned over to the Cathedral between 1936 and 1951. Research reveals that some of these were ashes held at local funeral homes, and subsequently given to the Anglican caretakers.

During the Cultural Revolution this burial area, and the front entrance into the Cathedral was reclaimed by the government for a park and extension of the south road. From the fence one can see one plinth for a previous stone and one broken stone. Closer access is not allowed.

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