This week, I focus on one of the cemeteries featured in our new collection from the historic industrial city of Salford (now in Greater Manchester)
|Above: The Victorian mortuary chapel clocktower at Agecroft Cemetery|
Agecroft Cemetery and Crematorium is situated in the Pendlebury area of Salford. Opened in 1903 in response to overcrowding at nearby Weaste Cemetery, Agecroft covers 45 acres.
The cemetery originally had three chapels, Church of England, Roman Catholic, and nonconformist. The Catholic chapel was pulled down, and in 1957, the former nonconformist chapel building was converted into a crematorium.
On the left is a photograph of the disused Victorian mortuary chapel clocktower. This has been listed by the Victorian Society.
I will be exploring Salford in the Second World War in detail next week. However, visitors to Agecroft should look out for the stone memorial to the seven-man crew of Lancaster bomber PB304. The aeroplane crashed in Regatta Street, Agecroft on 30 July 1944.
|Headstone of the Woodworth Family|
The first five sites uploaded in the collection are:
- Agecroft Cemetery (Originally Salford Northern Cemetery; 1,282 records; 1903-2003 )
- Agecroft Crematorium (48,205 records; 1957-1999)
- Peel Green Cemetery (Originally Eccles Cemetery; 44,276 records; 1879-2010)
- Peel Green Crematorium (44,499 records; 1955-2001)
- Swinton Cemetery (16,940 records; 1886-2012)
The remaining part of the collection will follow shortly. This covers
- Weaste Cemetery (approx 330,000 records)
These four cemeteries and two crematoria are managed by Salford City Council, Langley Road, Pendlebury, Salford M27 8SS.
The records comprise digital scans of all burial and cremation registers, cemetery maps showing the section in which the grave is located, and grave details for each of the graves and their occupants.
Read more about other local records in the region (including Greater Manchester) that are available on Deceased Online in our blog on our North West England Collections.