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Nottingham Collection

This week, Deceased Online expands its Nottingham Collection with the addition of records from the early Victorian cemetery, Nottingham General. Enter Nottingham's General Cemetery from Canning Terrace and be prepared to step back in time to the late 19th century. Like many of the Victorian cemeteries in the Deceased Online collections, Nottingham General was designed to take the burden from parish churches whose graveyards had become overcrowded. Also, like many other Victorian cemeteries, this was administered by a newly-formed body, the Nottingham General Cemetery Company (1836). The Grade II listed gatehouse, the chapel and the adjacent almshouses were built between 1836 and 1838 by S. S. Rawlinson.

Burial registers were kept from the opening date of cemetery in 1838. Concerns were raised in the 1920s that this municipal cemetery was now overcrowded and from 1929 the cemetery was closed to new burials other than those who owned burial rights.


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Southwark Collection - Honor Oak Crematorium

This week Deceased Online completes its collection for the London Borough of Southwark with the addition of records from Honor Oak Crematorium

In August this year, I wrote about the difficulties faced by the poor of Southwark and Camberwell in South London throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries. Many of these people were later buried in the Victorian and Edwardian cemeteries of Camberwell Old, Camberwell New andNunhead. The records of all three (including register scans, grave details and cemetery grave section maps) have been searchable on the Deceased Online database for several months.

The last set of records to be added to the Southwark collection, for Honor Oak Crematorium, dates back to 1939 and covers 150,000 names. The crematorium, located next to Camberwell New cemetery, was designed by architects William Bell and Maurice Webb. The latter was the son of Sir Aston Webb, who owned the company which designed Camberwell New Cemetery.

For family historians, one of the highli…