Southern Cemetery, Manchester
Southern Cemetery, Manchester is a large municipal cemetery in Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Greater Manchester, England, three miles south of Manchester city centre: it was opened in 1879. (It was then in the Withington Local Board District and from 1894 to 1904 in Withington Urban District.) The main area of the cemetery is located to the north of Barlow Moor Road and to the west of the A5103 Princess Road; a northwards extension is situated to the north of Nell Lane. Manchester City Council owns and administers the cemetery. There is a Jewish Cemetery in the northwest section, next to Barlow Moor Road and a Muslim section adjacent to it: the rest of the area of the cemetery is divided into plots for particular classes of person, e.g., Anglicans, Roman Catholics, others. A war memorial stands here to commemorate Allied servicemen who died in the World Wars: many of them died in the two military hospitals in south Manchester (i.e. those at Grangethorpe Road, Fallowfield, and Nell Lane, West Didsbury). Immediately adjacent to the northwest corner of the cemetery, also on Barlow Moor Road, is the Manchester Crematorium which opened in 1892, the second in the United Kingdom.

Buildings
Three service chapels are located in Southern Cemetery, only one of which is currently used for funeral services. The remaining two chapels are semi-derelict. As use of the chapel is infrequent (due in most part, to the huge decline in the burial rate during the last century), it is unlikely that either of these two chapels will be returned to their originally intended function in the foreseeable future. A remembrance lodge has been created in the cemetery, opened on 1 October 2008. It is situated at the main entrance on Barlow Moor Road and is for the use of families and friends wishing to pay their respects and remember loved ones.

Notable burials
A number of famous people are buried in the cemetery, including Manchester-born Sir John Alcock, the first person to pilot a non-stop transatlantic aircraft (with Arthur Whitten Brown as navigator) from Newfoundland to Ireland in June 1919. Manchester's first multi-millionaire, industrialist and philanthropist John Rylands, is also buried there. The Rylands memorial is the grandest in the cemetery, although parts of the original structure have had to be removed: his widow Enriqueta's ashes lie in the vault below. The graves of some of those associated with the firm of Rylands are nearby, including those of Reuben Spencer and William Carnelley. Some of Manchester's famous footballing names are also buried in the cemetery, including Sir Matt Busby, manager of Manchester United F.C. from 1945 to 1971. He was buried there after his death on 20 January 1994, alongside his wife Jean, who died just over five years earlier. Billy Meredith, who played for both Manchester City and Manchester United, is also buried in the cemetery. Stretford-born artist L. S. Lowry was buried next to his parents in 1976. Factory Records founder Tony Wilson is also buried there; his coffin carries the catalogue number FAC501; a headstone designed by Peter Saville and Ben Kelly was installed in October 2010.