New additions to Manor Park Cemetery database

Manor Park DeceasedOnline

DeceasedOnline have added a further 130,000 entries to their Manor Park Cemetery database, there are now almost 275,000 burial & cremation records for this East London cemetery. The time period now spans 1898 to 2010, the final 160,000 records covering 1875 – 1898 will be added very soon.

The records available include burial registers, grave books and grave section maps.

DeceasedOnline tells me that amongst the inhabitants of Manor Park is the World’s 2nd heaviest man, a young Victoria Cross awardee and a royal nanny, you never know your ancestors may have famous neighbours in death!

http://www.deceasedonline.co.uk/

Cross Bones Graveyard, Southwark, London

Cross Bones GraveyardYesterday I watched an old episode of History Cold Case which was available on YouTube. The case the team was looking at was of a young woman whose skeleton had been excavated by the Museum of London from the Cross Bones cemetery in Red Cross Street, Southwark. This cemetery is of un-consecrated ground that is in danger of being re-developed into blocks of apartments. The Museum of London was given 6 weeks in which undertake an archaeological dig in the 1990’s before a transformer station was built in one corner. They excavated 148 bodies from that portion of the site and they estimate that 15,000 people may be buried in the cemetery.

The cemetery dates from post medieval times Hogarth's Southwarkand was once known as the single woman’s burial ground, a euphemism for prostitutes burial ground. By 1769 it had become a pauper’s burial ground for the poor of St Saviours Church. The cemetery was closed in 1853 as it was considered full, an understatement, and the Burial Act of 1853 closed the vast majority of the city’s burial grounds and church yards.

The local community is in a constant battle to stop the re-development of this cemetery, the first attempt was made in 1883 and it seems that since then there has been attempt after attempt to ignore the cemetery and simply re-use the land. There are several links below which lead to website which outline the history of the burial ground and the present local people who are determined to see it turned into a memorial park honouring those buried there.

As genealogists of course we are interested in the records for the burial ground. I have found the burial registers St Saviour, Southwark 1720 –1854 and St Thomas, Southwark 1614 – 1856 and death registers for St Saviours Union Workhouse Infirmary 1833 – 1940 are all on Ancestry.co.uk. Of course the burial registers do not give information on just where the deceased were buried simply that a burial service was conducted for them and the Infirmary register is of deaths, not burials.

A search of the London Metropolitan Archives catalogue found six documents of possible interest. A search of A2A didn’t produce anything of interest, but National Archives have 2 documents that concern the burial ground, one of which may well be the burial register for the cemetery. These documents haven’t been digitised therefore are not online.

Cross Bones Grave YardI visited the burial ground in 2008 and by coincidence I met John Constable the leader of the community group who are campaigning to keep the developers out. After a brief chat about the burial ground he asked if I would like to go inside, the area is fenced, but John had a key. He led the way and told me about how he found out about the burial ground and it’s history and the people who are buried there. I was told later that it is quite unusual for John to invite a stranger into the burial ground.

John’s tale of how he was led to find the site is an interesting one and to this day I am not sure if I believe it, but standing in the burial ground it seemed a totally normal occurrence! I’ll leave you to read all about it on the Cross Bones website and you can make your own mind up !

 

Ancestry.co.uk

www.ancestry.co.uk

London Metropolitan Archives

http://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/archives-and-city-history

National Archives

http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/

Wikipedia

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cross_Bones

Cross Bones Burial Ground

http://www.crossbones.org.uk/#

BBC Audio Slide Show

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-11642938

Museum of London

http://www.museumoflondon.org.uk/London-Wall/

 

images Cross Bones Graveyard, Hogarth’s Southwark – Wikimedia

Manor Park Crematorium Records Online

Manor Park CrematoriumThe records for Manor Park Crematorium in Forest Gate, East London are now all online at DeceasedOnline. The registers date from 1955 through to 1991 and computerised records 1991 – 2010 so quite a recent run of records.

At the present time there are a total of 145,000 individual records online for Manor Park, and the balance for the cemetery will go online within the next few weeks. The total number of records for the cemetery & crematorium will be 420,000 so a significant set of records.

 http://www.deceasedonline.com

More Cemetery Records Online

DeceasedOnlineI’m playing catch-up with all the family history news that happened whilst I was away floating around the pacific on the Unlock The Past Genealogy cruise. I see that DeceasedOnline have released news about several more cemetery collection due to go online soon or are online now.

West Yorkshire. The registers of 18 cemeteries, some quite large, and 2 crematoria are due online in March. No word where they are situated in West Yorkshire as yet.

Manor Park, East London. 420,000 records from the Manor Park Cemetery & Crematoria in East London have started to go online, the complete upload will be finished early March. The records comprise Burial Registers, Grave Registers, Maps and some photographs. Manor Park Cemetery is a significantly large London cemetery, it opened in 1875 with the first interment taking place in March of that year. Set on 43 acres it is run by the great grandchildren of the original founder of the cemetery.

The cemetery has an interesting website which you might want to view if you find you have ancestors resident there.

http://www.deceasedonline.com/

http://www.mpark.co.uk/default.aspx?ID=1

Manor Park Cemetery, London Records go online

DeceasedOnline Cemetery RecordsThe first batch of records for Manor Park Cemetery have gone online at Deceasedonline. They are the more recent records 1931 – 2010, but the earlier ones will be following shortly.

Manor Park Cemetery & Crematorium is situated in East London and with 420,000 records is one of the larger London cemeteries. The cemetery is run by a private company and opened in 1875. The cemetery has an interesting website which will give researchers a feel for the place.

So if you have East London ancestors this is dataset will be great interest to you.

 

http://www.deceasedonline.com/

http://www.mpark.co.uk/default.aspx?ID=1