How to Find Ian Curtis’ Grave in Macclesfield (Joy Division)

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“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 in the UK 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 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.

Getting to Macclesfield

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.

The Gravesite of Ian Curtis

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, plectrums, candles, notes, photos and fan art all make it a touching place to visit.

You can use this site for a more detailed map.

how to find ian curtis grave joy division

77 Barton Street, Ian Curtis’ home

Another place where Ian Curtis spent time in Macclesfield was his home in 77 Barton street. He shared it 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 its 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?!

77 barton street
how to find ian curtis grave joy division

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!

What’s your favourite Joy Division song? Do you think the house should be a museum?  Comment Below!

12 thoughts on “How to Find Ian Curtis’ Grave in Macclesfield (Joy Division)

  1. Antonio says:

    Sophie. I will go Manchester justo to put a flower con the Ian’s grave. Do you know if I can buy a bunch of roses con THE cemetery?

    Thanks a lot,


    • Sophie Pearce says:

      Hi Antonio, I didn’t see any stalls selling flowers at the cemetery I’m afraid! In the town itself you could find some. Most supermarkets in UK sell flowers. I saw lots of different things there. You could draw something, leave a plectrum or leave whatever you feel like. Any offering is special :) Hope this helps!

    • Goes says:

      J ai une grande admiration pour ian curtis il était charismatique, poete un grand chanteur qui aurait pu allé très loin malheureusement les choses l ot dépassés sa maladie,sa vie de familles et son amour a voir sa tombe ca me peine iil méritais mieux que ça

  2. Maurice Harris says:

    Planning on going to visit Ian’s grave shortly and thanks for your guidance . I have been playing his songs and watching the videos of course of Joy division on You Tube . My favourite track from the band was definately Transmission not only for the performance but Stephen Morris on drums who was fantastic. Played that track over and over again fantastic.

    • Sophie Pearce says:

      Hi Maurice, ah I’m so happy my guide helped you and I hope you havea great time there to meet a great musician. Transmission is an incredible track, it’s a great tragedy his life was cut so short. Safe travels, Sophie x

  3. JohnV says:

    Hi Sophie
    Great page on paying respects to Ian and how to find his marker. I will make a visit next time I’m up in the Peak District.

    • Sophie Pearce says:

      Hi DeeDee, from what I’ve read online his ashes were buried at Macclesfield cemetery itself at the location of the memorial. Sorry, I’m not sure what driveway you meant? Hope this helps and enjoy your visit! Sophie x

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