Love will tear us apart, again
If you are a fan of Joy Division and want to find Ian Curtis’ grave in Macclesfield, you’ve come to the right place.
Recently, I went up north to watch the Stone Roses in Manchester, so it seemed silly not to visit Macclesfield on my magical music tour.
Macclesfield is where Joy Division’s Ian Curtis was born, grew up and lived in for most of his life.
If you’re not familiar with Joy Division, you need to stop reading this and give it a listen!
Ian’s showmanship, musicality and talent is amazing to watch and he was a true rock star who will be remembered in the history books.
Tragically, Ian took his own life at 23.
Macclesfield is located around an hour out of Manchester. There are a number of ways to get here:
- Train – trains run daily here from Manchester Piccadilly station. You can check times and prices on the Train Line.
- Drive – You can make the 20 mile journey down the A5103 route. Plug in SK10 3BU into your Satnav or Google maps.
You can visit Ian’s gravestone, which is placed at Macclesfield Cemetery Crematorium just a mile or so out of the city centre.
There are maps located around the premises and you need to head towards the ‘Chapel of Remembrance’.
From there, you should see the marker which reads “Ian Curtis – Love will tear us apart, again”.
There are some beautiful offerings from fans to pay their respects; flowers, plecs, coins, candles, notes, photos and fan art all make it a touching place to visit.
You can use this site for a more detailed map.
Another place where Ian Curtis spent time in Macclesfield was his home in 77 Barton street which he shared with his wife Deborah and their daughter Natalie.
This is the place where he eventually hanged himself. It must have been so sad, to find no way out.
If you want to see the outside of the house you can head back into the centre and find it amongst the red terraced houses. It paints such a picture of what life would have been like. If you’ve ever watched the film ‘Control’ – you’ll know what I mean!
The house today is currently for sale from it’s current owners and you can check out the property on Zoopla. I wonder how many genuine viewings will be scheduled to buy, or will it be fans wanting to have a look inside?!
They were going to make the house into a museum to commemorate Ian’s life, which I think is a great idea!
If you ever find yourself up north and you listen to Joy Division, make sure you schedule a trip here to check it out. It’s an essential pilgrimage for any fan!