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Basford Cemetery, Nottingham

As records for the Church (Rock) Cemetery and Basford Cemetery in Nottingham are uploaded to the Deceased Online website this week, I give a preview of the Basford data.

Following on from the opening of Nottingham's Church Cemetery in 1856, the first burial took place at Basford Cemetery in 1875.
The old parish of Basford lay 1½-3 miles north of Nottingham. In the latter half of the 19th century it was a major centre for framework knitting. The new cemetery was situated in Nottingham Road in what is now New Basford. It is smaller than the Rock Cemetery, originally covering an area of just six acres and containing two mortuary chapels.


Basford's burial registers are very detailed and include:-
Name of person buriedDescription of person buried (e.g. "wife of -", occupation of "child of -")Age of person buriedPlace where death occurred (note that this is not always a person's residence; a death certificate should be ordered to confirm)Date of burialName of the…

Churck (Rock) Cemetery, Nottingham

Coming soon to the Deceased Online database: two historic cemeteries from Nottingham City Council to add to the Nottingham Collection. This week, I explore the history of the renowned Church Cemetery (also known as the Rock Cemetery).

At first glance, the modern visitor to Nottingham's Church Cemetery may think they have wandered into Kensal Green, or another of London's Magnificent Seven cemeteries. The 13 acre site abounds with the kind of gothic stone monuments and large sarcophogi with which the mid-Victorians liked to remember their dead. Yet look harder and you will find something unique to Nottingham - sandstone caves. Since the middle ages, the area around Nottingham was quarried for its sandstone, now known by the name of a nearby village as "Bulwell sandstone". From 1851, after the cemetery was laid out on the former sandpits, local people grew to know it simply as "The Rock". 
The idea for the cemetery came out of the enclosure acts of 1845. In J…