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Wakefield Collection: Cremation Records now available on Deceased Online

Records for both crematoria in Wakefield, Yorkshire have been added to the Deceased Online database
Pontefract Crematorium
Above: Pontefract Crematorium
The two sets of crematoria records have been added to Deceased Online's Wakefield CollectionWakefield district contains nineteen cemeteries and two crematoria. Many of the records go back to the mid and late 19th century when the cemeteries opened, and range across a wide geographical area.

The full list of Wakefield cemeteries live on Deceased Online, with opening dates in brackets, is as follows:
  • 1. Altofts Cemetery – Church Road, Altofts, Normanton (1878) 

    2. Alverthorpe Cemetery – St Paul’s Drive, Alverthorpe, Wakefield (registers from 1955)

    3. Castleford Cemetery – Headfield Road, Castleford (1857)

    4. Crigglestone Cemetery – Standbridge Lane, Crigglestone, Wakefield (1882)

    5. Featherstone Cemetery – Cutsyke Road, North Featherstone (1874)

    6. Ferrybridge Cemetery – Pontefract Road, Ferrybridge, Pontefract (1924)

    7. Hemsworth Cemetery – Cemetery Road, Hemsworth (1896)

    8. Horbury Cemetery – Dovecote Lane, Horbury, Wakefield (1897)

    9. Knottingley Cemetery – Womersley Road, Knottingley (1859)

    10. Normanton Lower Cemetery – Cemetery Road, Normanton (1880)

    11. Normanton Upper Cemetery – Neville Street, Normanton (1876) 

    12. Outwood Cemetery – Leeds Road, Outwood, Wakefield (1873)

    13. Pontefract Cemetery – Skinner Lane, Pontefract (1859)

    14. Ryhill Cemetery – Cemetery Road, Ryhill, Wakefield (1898)

    15. Sharlston Cemetery – Cow Lane, Sharlston, Wakefield (1946)

    16. Snydale Cemetery – Red Lane, Streethouse (1880)

    17. Stanley Cemetery – Lake Lock Road, Stanley, Wakefield (1886)

    18. Wakefield Cemetery – Doncaster Road, Wakefield (1859)

    19. Whitwood Cemetery – Cutsyke Road, Four Lane Ends, Castleford (1926)
Currently, approximately 230,000 of the total are available. Please note the details in our database coverage section of the website to see which records with dates can be searched now.

Pontefract Crematorium was opened in Pontefract in 1959, and Wakefield Crematorium in Crigglestone followed soon after in 1961. Both are situated amid roughly seven acres of beautiful gardens and memorial grounds. The sites feature formal rose beds, a wide variety of trees and shrubs, and large areas of lawn. Smart granite memorial plaques line the Gardens of Remembrance.

Wakefield is a city situated in the Wakefield district of West Yorkshire. Wakefield Cathedral is a prominent landmark in the city, and its spire is the tallest in Yorkshire. The Crown Court, Town Hall, and County Hall are all listed buildings, built in the 19th century, and the area also boasts a 19th-century railway viaduct consisting of 95 arches, constructed of 800,000,000 bricks. The wider area was used for coal mining, until the last coal mine closed in 2002.
Pontefract Crematorium
Above: Pontefract Crematorium
People have lived in the area since prehistoric times and an abundance of flint, stone, bronze, and iron tools have been found. The historic town of Wakefield was once part of a large estate owned by Edward the Confessor and then William the Conqueror, and it was still a royal manor by 1086. By 1308, Wakefield had a wool market and by 1470 Flemish cloth weavers had started to settle there, leading Wakefield to become noted for cloth finishing and fabric dyeing by the 16th century. By the early 20th century, Wakefield still kept a noted reputation as a centre for the woollen cloth industry and, today, Wakefield city still has a large textile industry, along with other industries such as food processing, engineering, and metal fabrication. The city is also known for growing winter rhubarb, which thrives in the climate of Yorkshire. Wakefield is the capital of the 'rhubarb triangle', a nine square mile triangle which encompasses Morley and Rothwell, and the city holds an annual Rhubarb Festival in February.

The additional records comprise digital scans of the cremation registers from the opening of each site up to 1982. Cremation records continue as computerised data from there onwards.

As customers will appreciate, cemetery and crematoria staff are currently facing overwhelming challenges and we would politely request customers to refrain from contacting them directly at this time. 

Further Information for Yorkshire on Deceased Online:
Other records in Yorkshire are available courtesy of the National Archives

We continue to receive updates on our Facebook and Twitter pages from users who have found their ancestors in our collections. Do let us know if you find any of your family members in the Wakefield cemeteries!


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