Arnos Vale Cemetery
Arnos Vale Cemetery ( grid reference ST606716 ) (sometimes written Arno's Vale Cemetery), located in Arno's Vale in Bristol, England, was established in 1837. Its first burial was in 1839. The cemetery followed a joint-stock model, funded by shareholders. It was laid out as an Arcadian landscape with buildings by Charles Underwood. Arnos Vale cemetery is located on the road from Bristol to Bath ( A4). The cemetery is located just before Edward Road and Brislington, about a mile from Temple Meads railway station and about 2 miles from Bristol bus station. The cemetery includes a number of listed buildings and monuments, including the Grade II* listed Church of England Mortuary Chapel, Nonconformist Mortuary Chapel, and entrance lodges and gates and screen walls to main entrance. During the 20th century the cemetery fell into disrepair, and local groups began campaigning for its restoration. In 2003 it was featured on the BBC programme Restoration . The cemetery was a South West region runner-up and has since received a £4.8 million Heritage Lottery Fund grant. The cemetery is undergoing restoration, however the Mortuary Chapel, Entrance Lodges and Gates and Nonconformist Mortuary Chapel remain on the English Heritage Buildings at Risk Register.

Notable people buried at Arnos Vale
  • Daniel Burges ( VC, DSO, Croix de Guerre avec Palme (France); Greek Military Cross (2nd Class)), World War I hero
  • Roland Brotherhood, engineer and friend of Isambard Kingdom Brunel.
  • Mary Carpenter, educational and social reformer
  • Gronow Davis ( VC), Crimean War hero
  • Dora Greenwell (1821”“1882) poet
  • Anthony Norris Groves, missionary
  • George Muller, orphanage founder
  • Elisha Smith Robinson, industrialist, Mayor of Bristol 1866 and benefactor
  • Raja Ram Mohan Roy, Indian social reformer
  • Harry Blanshard Wood (VC, MM), World War I hero

Chattri of Raja Rammohun Roy
The reformer Raja Rammohun Roy died at Bristol on 27 September 1833 and was first buried at Stapleton, but was reinterred in 1843 in the newly laid out Arnos Vale cemetery under the mausoleum designed by William Prinsep, which is a copy of a Bengali tomb or chattri (literally meaning umbrella). According to information available at the cemetery, a commemoration is held annually at this chattri, attended by Unitarians, Bristol's Lord Mayor and the Indian High Commissioner plus Indians and British who remember with gratitude the works of the "Founder of Modern India".

Grade II listed Monuments
  • 1852 Monument to James Bartlett
  • 1857 Monument to Thomas Lucas
  • 1857 Monument to Francis Barber Ogden
  • 1860 Monument to John Tilly
  • 1880 Obelisk memorial
  • 1890 Monument to Heber Denty
  • Monument 2 metres east of Tilly monument
  • The War Memorial
  • Monument to Francis Bennett.
  • Monument to Mary Breillat.
  • Monument to Challenger Family.
  • Monument to Susannah Clark.
  • Monument to Thomas Daniel Doddrell.
  • Monument to Lieut. James Gardner.
  • Monument to Gwyer Family.
  • Monument to Harwood.
  • Monument to Thomas Gadd Matthews.
  • Monument to Melsom Family.
  • Monument next to Tilly monument.
  • Monument to Elizabeth Paddon.
  • Monument to PC Richard Hill.
  • Monument to Rev. John Pratt.
  • Monument to Thomas Renolds.
  • Monument to Dr Thomas Tovey Smart.
  • Monument to Isabella Weston.
  • Monument to Rev. Walter Whiting.
  • Monument to Joseph Williams.

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