Monday, 11 April 2011

From Death is Life

Hull Cemeteries - A Close
Look at History
This week, I will be spending some time researching the Cemeteries of Kingston upon Hull, in East Yorkshire.  Between 1880 and 1910, the Cemeteries grew  at a rate only equalled by the continued growth of the City. From a tiny medieval town surrounded by green fields, Henry VIII’s favourite stop over expanded to more than 10 times its original size.
Recent records  exist of Burials dating back to 1847 and  Parish records detail burials before that.
Cemetery records
Before the 1850s the vast majority of burials were recorded in the registers of Anglican parish churches, although some non-conformist chapels had their own burial grounds. An act of Parliament in 1853 enabled local authorities or private companies to purchase and use land for the purpose of burial. 
There are five main cemeteries within Hull’s boundaries. Hull General Cemetery was privately run by the Hull General Cemetery Company until 1972, when it closed for burials and the council took over its maintenance. The remaining four were created as municipal cemeteries and are still run by the council. Western (old), Spring Bank West  1861 – present  
  • Western (new), Chanterlands Ave  1889 – present
  • Hedon Road (old)     1875 – present
  • Hedon Road (new)     1897 – present
  • Northern Cemetery, Chanterlands Ave  1915 – present
  • Eastern Cemetery, Preston Road   1931 – present
  • General Cemetery, Spring Bank West  1847 – 1972
Aunt Hannah
This week, I shall visit each cemetery looking for burials connected to various family names but not only that I shall be looking for anything that can tell me a little more about the history of Hull; it’s wealth, it’s communities and it’s disasters.
I shall also be seeking out information of the German Church on Nile Street,Hull 1848-1872 as well as The Jewish cemetery on Delhi Street, Hedon Road,  opened in June 1858.

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