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The Howff, having undergone its remodelling in 1834 was still being heavily used, the town was requiring an extension to the burial ground. A site further up Constitution Brae Road was chosen. Originally the site of allotments, the land around two acres in size was purchased, by December 1835 tenders were being sent out to have the area enclosed.
The initial opening of the ground was in April 1836, however the enclosing walls were still being erected so a portion of the ground 80 yards square was fenced off to surround the first interments.
The west wall was built to around 10 feet in height and still survives today. This wall was purposely erected to this height to allow the erection of vaults and tablets. The south, east and north walls were erected with a parapet wall and railings. The east gate was to be the main entrance.
The ground was laid out in the stlye of a Victorian garden, with curving footpaths, planting of ornamental shrubs, trees and landscaping. A mortuary was built at the south side of the ground.
General burials stopped at the beginning of June 1864, however rights for burial were still retained for owners of lairs with the last burial being as late as 1938.
By the start of the 1960s plans were being put into place to clear the land to make way for a carpark this being completed by 1962. This carpark was eventually demolished and a multi-storey carpark and inner ring road built on the site.
The burials were exhumed and the remains were re-interred within the common ground in the Eastern Cemetery. The excess soil was removed and disposed of at the then Riverside Drive Reclaimation site. The soil was sifted through to remove any remains by students.

Thankfully before the site was cleared Sydney Cramer managed to transcribe 270 memorials within the cemetery and they have been reproduced here with very kind permission of Dundee City Archive.


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The image below shows how the New Howff cemetery appeared while in use, from around 1890.

Image is reproduced with permission of Dundee City Archives. 

Image showing how the area looks today.