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Trail to highlight Victorian past
Ford Park Cemetery
The trail takes people around 50 graves
A new trail around one of Plymouth's cemeteries is set to shed more light on the city's Victorian heritage.

The Ford Park Cemetery Trail takes people around 50 graves of notable people mostly from the Victorian era.

They include the graves of entrepreneur Charles Norrington and Edwin Alonzo Pearn, described as "one of the most charitable men in the West of England".

The city's lord mayor Claude Millar will declare the trail open officially on Wednesday.

Within its 34.5 acres is a biography in stone of Victorian Plymouth
Dr Henry Will
At the ceremony he will unveil a plaque featuring a map of the cemetery and its most prominent memorials.

The Ford Park Cemetery Trust says the opening of the trail is an important milestone in its goal of making the cemetery a centre for the study of Victorian Plymouth.

Dr Henry Will, chairman of the trust, said: "Within its 34.5 acres is a biography in stone of Victorian Plymouth and it is a biography we wish to make widely available."

The trail has been funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund South West.

The original idea came from the Groundwork Trust which has also done much of the work.

Colin Toogood, from the Groundwork Trust said: "To have played a part in the regeneration of such an important part of Plymouth's heritage is hugely satisfying."

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