Deceased Online completes the Cheshire East Orbitas collection with the addition of Alderley Edge, Knutsford, and Wilmslow Cemeteries.
Above: the stone Druid's circle at Alderley Edge
Alderley Edge, Knutsford, and Wilmslow in Cheshire are all areas of rich and diverse history, with many local legends, listed buildings, and traditions.
Alderley Edge has been occupied since the Mesolithic period. Flint implements have been found in the area, and nearby there is evidence of Bronze Age copper mining. In 1995 the Derbyshire Caving Club found a collection of Roman coins dating from AD 317 to AD 336. The name Alderley appeared in 1086 as 'Aldredelie'. "The Edge" is a wide red sandstone escarpment situated above the village and is owned and maintained by the National Trust.
Above: Mines at Alderley Edge
Knutsford is well known for its Royal May Day festival, an event in which hundreds of people parade through the streets and the May Queen is crowned. In another Mayday custom, residents decorate the streets of the town with coloured sand. In 1832 Queen Victoria noted this tradition in her diary, saying: "We arrived at Knutsford, where we were most civilly received, the streets being sanded in shapes which is peculiar to this town."
Above: the unusual octagonal chapel at Knutsford Cemetery
Wilmslow is the home of the Lindow Man, an iron age man preserved in the peat bogs of Lindow Moss for 2,000 years. The Lindow Man represents one of the most important Iron Age finds in the country. He was transferred to the British Museum, despite a campaign to keep him locally, and takes centre stage in the Iron Age exhibition. Lindow Common, a rare lowland heathland and one of the world's most threatened habitats, is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and is designated a local nature reserve. Also, the area features many beautiful parks, most notably The Carrs Park.
Above: The Carrs Park at Wilmslow
The records for these three cemeteries comprise scans of the original burial registers and details of those buried in the same grave. The complete collection of Cheshire East cemeteries and crematoria available to view on Deceased Online are:
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Deceased Online has just uploaded around 114,000 burial records from Spa Fields in the modern London borough of Islington Spa Fields today, with the Church of Our Most Holy Redeemer in the background Spa Fields Burial Ground became notorious in the 19th century for its overcrowded and insanitary conditions. Located in the parish of St James, Clerkenwell, the grave yard was not far from the ever-increasing City of London. Spa Fields was known also as Clerkenwell Fields and Ducking-pond Fields in the late 18th century, hinting at a dark side to what was then a summer evening resort for north Londoners. What would become a cemetery was a ducking pond in the rural grounds of a Spa Fields public house. It was here in 1683 that six children were drowned while playing on the ice. In his History of Clerkenwell (1865) William J. Pinks wrote that visitors, "came hither to witness the rude sports that were in vogue a century ago, such as duck-hunting, prize-fighting, bull-baiting