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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. First page of the 1876 Burial Register of Basford Cemetery The old parish of Basford lay 1 ½ -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 Nottingham Road - home to Basford Cemetery (copyright Alan Murray-Rust) Basford's burial registers are very detailed and include:- Name of person buried Description of person buried (e.g. "wife of -", occupation of "child of -") Age of

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".  Church Cemetery Otherwise known as the Rock Cemetery on a