Burial ground restoration

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A CEREMONY has been held to mark the restoration of a graveyard - a century after the first person was buried there.

The event at Markham Cemetery, Chesterfield, coincided with the 100 year anniversary of the burial of Rosa Markham, who was the first person to be interred at the site.

Rosa was the mother of famous Chesterfield industrialist and former mayor Charles Paxton Markham, who had donated his family home and grounds of Tapton House to the council to be used as a school.

Markham’s Rest contains the graves of eight Markham family members.

Among those in attendance at the restoration ceremony were remaining members of the Markham family plus Mayor of Chesterfield Coun Peter Barr and councillors.

Coun Barr said: “The Markham family played a very significant role in Chesterfield’s industrial heritage so it was a great honour to attend the opening and dedication ceremony and to meet members of the family.”