Bolton Cemeteries now all online

DeceasedOnlineDeceased Online has now added the last of the cemeteries to their Bolton Collection. The Horwich (Ridgmont) Cemetery is the last in the seven cemeteries to be placed online, the records date from 1928 and comprises grave registers, burial registers and cemetery maps giving grave location.

The Horwich Cemetery is situated in a rural area adjacent to Ridgmont Park halfway between Chorley and Bolton, opened in 1928 and has 11 WW2 graves. The cemetery is divided into three sections; Church of England, Romans Catholic and non-conformist. The 6,025 burials date from 1928 to August 2006.

The WW2 casualties are

Name Year of Death
Atherton, Edward J M 1941
Calderbank, Thomas K 1945
Collis, C 1943
Dickinson, John P 1944
Dixon, Arthur 1940
Houghton, Harold M 1943
Kaye, Will 1945
Merrifield, Leslie 1941
Shaw, Ronald 1940
Ward, Harry 1942
Whittle, Joseph 1941

The City of London Cemetery and Crematorium

I’ve been busy the last couple of days working on my talk on London Cemeteries for the 3rd Unlocking The Past Genealogy Cruise and happened to come across this website with access to the original burial registers for this large cemetery. I was unaware of this website, perhaps you are too?

The website tells us that ……..

The City of London Cemetery and Crematorium has been open since 1856 and there are over 150 years of heritage recorded in the Cemetery Burial and Cremation Registers. There are 88 Registers, weighing around 25kg each, with over 300 pages of recorded interments / cremations per register. Approximately 600,000 people have been interred here and with the remains of over 30 London Church yards also placed on the site, the figure is approaching 1 million.

The scans of the registers aren’t indexed, but can be browsed page by page as we used to in pre-internet days.clip_image002

What makes this cemetery interesting is that an Act of Parliament in 1860 allowed for the demolition of many unused City of London Churches and the land on which they stood reused. The churchyards of these churches were emptied and the remains of those buried there were re-interred in this cemetery. The cemetery also contains inhumations from London Churches destroyed during the blitz. There is a list of the churches affected on the Wikipedia website which also give a good description of cemetery.

More Bolton Cemeteries Online

File:Pretoria miners memorial tweaked.jpgDeceased Online have just added to their collection the 6th of Bolton’s seven cemeteries, this time it is the turn of Westhoughton Cemetery which is, unsurprisingly, in Cemetery Street, Bolton. The records date from 1858 and includes the 1910 Pretoria Pit Disaster Memorial where the 344 miners who lost their lives are commemorated.

The records available are

  • Burial Registers
  • Grave Registers
  • Cemetery Map

The last of the Bolton Cemeteries, Horwich, will be added shortly and then the records for Bolton’s Crematorium will be placed online.

The seven Cemeteries and one Crematorium that make up the Bolton Collection are

  • Astley Bridge Cemetery, opened 1884
  • Blackrod Cemetery, opened 1887
  • Farnworth Cemetery, opened 1876
  • Heaton Cemetery, opened 1879
  • Horwich (Ridgemont) Cemetery, opened 1928
  • Tonge Cemetery, opened 1856
  • Westhoughton Cemetery, opened 1858
  • Overdale Crematorium, opened 1954

Deceased Online is a Pay To View website.

Image – Pretoria Pit Disaster Memorial – Wikimedia copyright free

Heaton Cemetery Records now online

Heaton Cemetery MapDeceased Online have now added the records for Heaton Cemetery to their Bolton collection. The records start from 1879 and go right up to this year 2012. Heaton is a large cemetery with in excess of 95,000 burials

The data offers scans of the burial registers which have a lot more information than the Victorian era church burial registers, grave registers giving details of who is buried in the grave and cemetery maps so that a burial site can be identified if you wish to visit.


More Bolton Cemeteries will be added later this month. Deceased Online is a pay to view website.

Bolton Cemetery Records now online

Bolton Cemetery Records now online

File:Circus Lion Tamer.jpgBolton Council Cemeteries are the latest addition to the DeceasedOnline collection of genealogy databases. The Lancashire council have 7 cemeteries and 1 crematorium in their care and the records for these burial grounds have been scanned by DeceasedOnline.

The first to go online is Tonge Cemetery which is the largest cemetery in the area with the others going online before Christmas.

The total collection comprises

  • Astley Bridge Cemetery, opened 1884
  • Blackrod Cemetery, opened 1887
  • Farnworth Cemetery, opened 1876
  • Heaton Cemetery, opened 1879
  • Horwich (Ridgemont) Cemetery, opened 1928
  • Tonge Cemetery, opened 1856
  • Westhaughton Cemetery, opened 1858
  • Overdale Crematorium, opened 1954

The collection will include scans of burial registers, photographs of memorials and headstones and grave location maps. All very family history useful material.

Tonge cemetery includes details of two interesting inhabitants ! The first is Fred Dibnah the well known TV personality and Thomas McCarte a one armed lion tamer and yes he lost his arm during an unfortunate encounter with a lion !

DeceasedOnline is a Pay To View website, but in my opinion is well worth the money.