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03-02-2005, 9:33 PM
My great grandmother died in 1872. Place of death was Chelsea. I have the street name and address at time of death obtained from Will. My question is how do I find where she is buried. I contacted St. George's Hanover square(only because one of her daughters was married there and thought it was close to Chelsea) and they were not able to tell me anything. Does anyone know if people went to church within walking area of their home in 1872? If she followed family tradition, she attended a Church of England parish church. Thanks for any help you can provide. Gloria (searching from Canada)
It is possible that she was buried in the graveyard of her local church, but by then, it was more than likely she was buried in a local cemetery. Finding a plce of buriel in London can take a lot of time and determination - but that's half the fun!! For tracking down churches in Chelsea the GENUKI site at http://homepages.gold.ac.uk/genuki/MDX/Chelsea/churches.htm is probably your best bet as a starter. There is also http://www.rbkc.gov.uk/InterestingPlaces/Churches/default.asp which may help. The GENUKI site for cemeteries in London is http://homepages.gold.ac.uk/genuki/LND/
04-02-2005, 9:43 AM
As AnneB pointed out, the local authority is the likeliest place to start for a date as recent as 1872. If Gloria searches the rbkc site for "cemeteries and crematoria". she'll find a list of cemeteries and contact details.
04-02-2005, 10:10 AM
For anyone searching for burials in London, a helpful guide is:
Greater London Cemeteries and Crematoria, by Patricia Wolfson, revised by Cliff Webb, published by the Society of Genealogists. The introduction contains the following warning:
"Burials in the inner London churchyards or burial grounds were discontinued at various dates in the 1850s and no parish burial registers were maintained thereafter. Subsequently most burials for inner London took place further away, at non-denominational cemeteries. Exceptions were those established by the Jewish community and the Roman Catholic Church." But it doesn't necessarily follow that Roman Catholics were always buried in RC cemeteries. Some burials were not even in London.
The booklet lists cemeteries, their addresses and telephone nos, location of registers and date registers begin. It also gives guidance on the most likely cemeteries for a given area.
For Chelsea it suggests the following:
Kensal Green (All Souls) Cemetery
Harrow Road, London, W10 4RA
tel 020 8969 0152
Also at London Metropolitan Archives
Kensington Hanwell Cemetery
Registers at Gunnersbury Cemetery, Gunnersbury Avenue, London W4
tel 020 8992 2924
09-04-2005, 7:02 PM
I am actually going to need to find out about them myself as I am trying to find the grave of a lady called Annie Barnes who I belive may be buried there. I have been told to e-mail www.cityoflondon.gov.uk who hold records. If I find out anything else I will let you know.
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