This week we continue our series on Weaste Cemetery in Salford by looking at the burial record of one of its most famous inhabitants, Sir Charles Hallé
Sir Charles Hallé (1819-1895) is among the notable Victorians buried in Weaste Cemetery. A musical prodigy from an early age, Hallé went on to found Manchester's Hallé Orchestra in 1858. The orchestra continues playing today. In 1891, he helped to found the Royal Manchester College of Music. Hallé also invented a mechanical page-turner for pianists, which allowed manuscript pages to be turned using a foot mechanism; a spectacle of wonder for Victorian people.
Memorial to Sir Charles Hallé (1819-1895)
Searching for Charles Hallé in the index on the Deceased Online database reveals the burial date (29 October 1895), authority (Salford City Council), and location (Weaste Cemetery, Salford (Greater Manchester). By clicking on his entry, you will discover the following details, including the exact grave number - AA10/RC/117. The "RC" indicates that Charles was buried in the Roman Catholic section of the cemetery.
Salford City Council
Weaste Cemetery, Salford
29 October 1895
date of death
Charles' entry contains the names of others interred in his grave, as well as the dates they were buried. This screenshot below shows that they are Clifford Robert Stephen John Hallé, Frederick Maurice Hallé,and Marie Desiree Hallé.
Clicking on Charles Frederick's entry reveals a scan of the burial register. The two screenshots below are
close-ups of his entry. They reveal the date of burial, name, age, and that he was buried in the Roman Catholic section in a 1st Class grave.
For anyone who wants to visit Sir Charles Hallé's grave, the database provides a map with the exact location for the grave reference AA10/RC/117 in the Roman Catholic section
I hope this post has illustrated the kinds of information that can be found on one individual in the burial registers of Weaste Cemetery. This is just one example of what can be found in this collection from the 19th and 20th centuries.
If you are interested in learning more about the cemeteries featured in this collection or would like to attend a tour, please contact the relevant Friends' Group - The Friends of Salford Cemeteries Trust.
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