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Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council

Cemeteries Office,
Pleasington Cemetery,
Tower Rd,

Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council is a large local unitary authority in Southern Lancashire immediately to the north of Bolton (within Greater Manchester) and sandwiched between the Boroughs of Chorley, Rossendale and Hyndburn and south of Ribble Valley. Besides the substantial town of Blackburn, the area includes the notable towns of Belmont, Chapeltown, Darwen, Edgworth, Hoddlesden and Tockholes. The Council area has a population of around 150,000 and has a history strongly associated with cotton, textiles and the industrial revolution. Blackburn itself is a former mill town since being one of the UK's leading textile areas of production starting in the 18th Century through to the mid-20th Century. This in turn led to considerable technological innovation and engineering. The area is so strongly linked with the production of cotton products that it was nicknamed 'Cotton Town'.

Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council manages three cemeteries and a crematorium. These are indicated below together with the date range of records available on Deceased Online:

  • Blackburn Cemetery (aka Whalley New Road): 1859 - 1997
  • Darwen Cemetery: 1861 - 1998
  • Pleasington Cemetery: 1969 - 2001
  • Pleasington Crematorium: 1957 - 2003

In most instances, the records comprise:

  • Digital scans of burial or cremation registers
  • Grave details indicating all those buried within each grave
  • Maps indicating the section of a cemetery or burial ground where lairs are located
  • Some photographs of memorials

The total number of individual burials across the three cemeteries are over 276,000 with over 63,000 cremations for the periods indicated above.

For the purposes of the UK Data Protection Act, the names and addresses of funeral applicants, where they have been recorded, for burials during the last 75 years have been withheld from publication.

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