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Welcome to Woodside Cemetery and Crematorium.

Main EntranceThe Paisley Cemetery Company Ltd. owns and operates Woodside Cemetery and Crematorium.

Cemetery records go back to 1845 and cremation records to 1938.

Paisley Woodside Cemetery was laid out in 1845 to a design drawn up by Stewart Murray, curator of Glasgow Botanic gardens.
Situated on a low hill-top position between Woodside House and Ferguslie House, the ‘garden cemetery’ extended to just over 20 acres and incorporated the recently built Martyr’s Church and the adjacent Covenanter Martyrs Memorial.

Murray’s design was inspired by the earlier garden cemetery at Glasgow Necropolis 1832, which also took its inspiration from Père Lachaise, the first hill-top garden cemetery, in Paris, laid out in 1804 by Alexandre-Théodore Brongniart.

See The Garden History Society ~ in Scotland, for more information.

Gardens of remembrance The Company became a member of the Federation of British Cremation Authorities in 1938, with the provision of a new, purpose built crematorium, designed by the well- known local architect James Steel Maitland.

One of the finest buildings of its kind anywhere in the country, it was opened on 28th October 1938 by the Rt. Hon. Lord Salveson, and is today a well preserved listed building.

The crematorium serves not only the Paisley and Renfrewshire areas, but also North Ayrshire, West Glasgow and beyond.

Three gardens of remembrance, including a woodland garden, offer a peaceful setting for contemplation and are open every day of the year.

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