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The National Archives, Removal of graves and tombstones

The National Archives, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 4DU

Removal of graves and tombstones from disused and closed burial grounds and cemeteries.

The National Archives (TNA) is a government department and an executive agency of the Ministry of Justice. It incorporates the Office of Public Sector Information and HM Stationery and also performs the Historical Manuscripts Commission's functions in relation to private records.

As the government's national archive for England, Wales and the United Kingdom, it holds over 1,000 years of the nation's records for everyone to discover and use.

Deceased Online has undertaken various scanning and digitisation projects within TNA's offices at Kew in Southwest London and is adding them, over a period of time, to the website enabling far easier access for researchers.

This collection from TNA (reference RG37) comprises a total of approximately 175,000 records from over 200 cemeteries across many parts of England and Wales. The records are digital scans of original transcriptions from local authorities and the Church Commissioners relating to burial ground removals. The list records each site by location and title, followed by the years covered by inscription on the tombs and gravestones. The detail of each record varies in content and range.

The burials recorded in the transcriptions date back to 17th Century although most are from the 19th and early 20th Centuries.

(The transcriptions were recorded by the different authorities over the period 1923-2007)

On their website, The National Archives describes the administration and biographical background to this collection of records in the following way:

The origin of official custody of records of burial ground removals dates back to 1911 and arose initially out of a recommendation made by the Attorney General that such records be made and deposited with the local registrar of births and deaths. The Home Secretary agreed to the suggestion made by the Registrar General that they should be deposited instead with the miscellaneous records held by the General Register Office.

The provision was incorporated into various private bills under which the removal of graves was authorised, and subsequently in the Town and Country Planning (Churches, Places of Religious Worship and Burial Grounds) Regulations 1950 (SI 1950 No 792), the Disused Burial Grounds (Amendment) Act 1981 and schemes under the Pastoral Measures 1968, although it was omitted from the Local Authorities Cemeteries Order 1977 (SI 1977 No 204).All records indicated below are now available on the Deceased Online and are searchable using our 'Advance search' option; i.e., names, dates, regions, counties and, if known, individual cemeteries/burial grounds.

Please note: As the death date or burial date is not always included in these records, they are indexed on the date the records were created, which bears no relation to the deceased. Therefore it is not worth searching by date, only by name and location with advanced search.

The range of records in the collection currently available (listed alphabetically by English region and county, then by Welsh counties) is as follows:

Site Name/Location County Region Known range of dates of death
Church of The Holy Trinity, Bedford Bedfordshire East of England 1837 to 1939
Old Plague Cemetery, Chatteris Cambridgeshire East of England 1800 to 1861
St Andrews Street Baptist Church, Cambridge Cambridgeshire East of England 1818 to 1859
Chapel Burial Ground, Harwich Essex East of England 1802 to 1857
Church of Saint Mary the Virgin, Mistley Heath Essex East of England 1765 to 1916
North Road Burial Ground, Southend-on-Sea Essex East of England 1841 to 1951
St John the Baptist, Harlow Essex East of England 1856 to 1946
St Michael and All Angels Churchyard, Manningtree Essex East of England 1722 to 1876
St Michael's Cemetery, Pitsea Essex East of England 1926 to 1944
St Thomas Churchyard, Brentwood Essex East of England 1836 to 1875
Sutton Road Cemetery, Southend-on-Sea Essex East of England 1888 to 1956
Beechen Grove Baptist Burial Ground, Watford Hertfordshire East of England 1801 to 1935
Boxmoor Baptist Church, Boxmoor Hertfordshire East of England 1840 to 1885
St Benedict's Church and Churchyard, Norwich Norfolk East of England  
St Paul's Church and Churchyard, Norwich Norfolk East of England  
Derwent Churchyard, Derwent Derbyshire East Midlands 1825 to 1937
Elder Yard Chapel, Chesterfield Derbyshire East Midlands 1786 to 1915
Society of Friends, Saltergate, Chesterfield Derbyshire East Midlands  
St Marys Churchyard, Derby Derbyshire East Midlands 1722 to 1946
Staveley Cemetery, Chesterfield Derbyshire East Midlands 1977 to 1977
Baptist Chapel Burial Ground, Shepshed Leicestershire East Midlands 1728 to 1882
Congregational Burial Ground, Market Harborough Leicestershire East Midlands 1782 to 1944
St Michael's Church, Stamford Lincolnshire East Midlands 1703 to 1857
St. Mark's Church, Lincoln Lincolnshire East Midlands 1707 to 1886
Billing Road Cemetery, Northampton Northamptonshire East Midlands 1808 to 1968
Thrapston Baptist Church Burial Ground, Thrapston Northamptonshire East Midlands 1796 to 1932
Broad Marsh Burial Ground, Nottingham Nottinghamshire East Midlands  
Holy Trinity Church, Nottingham Nottinghamshire East Midlands  
The Festival Gardens, Mansfield Nottinghamshire East Midlands 1824 to 1886
St Matthews Church, Normanton Rutland East Midlands 1710 to 1966
Hendon Cemetery, Hendon Barnet London 1827 to 1961
St Pancras Old Burial Ground, Camden Camden London 1702 to 1905
Queens Road Cemetery, Croydon Croydon London  
Salem Chapel Burial Ground, Croydon Croydon London 1801 to 1843
St Bernards Hospital Burial Ground, Southall Ealing London 1885 to 1885
St Benet Sherehog Church, London London London  
Church of St Mary, Plaistow Newham London  
London Cemetery, Manor Park Newham London  
St Georges Church Graveyard, Camberwell Southwark London 1824 to 1882
City of London & Tower Hamlets Cemetery, Tower Hamlets Tower Hamlets London 1939 to 1964
St Georges Churchyard, Battersea Wandsworth London 1829 to 1858
Bishop AucklandCemetery, Bishop Auckland County Durham North East 1831 to 1988
Dans Castle Cemetery, Tow Law County Durham North East 1814 to 1968
Newgate Street Graveyard, Bishop Auckland County Durham North East 1849 to 1891
Jesmond Old Cemetery, Newcastle Upon Tyne Northumberland North East 1837 to 1967
St Cuthberts RC Burial Ground, Blyth Northumberland North East 1912 to 1951
Parish Churchyard, Middlewich Cheshire North West 1807 to 1892
St Michael's Church Burial Ground, Chester Cheshire North West 1801 to 1819
Church of Holy Trinity, Mardale Cumbria North West 1750 to 1915
Ardwick Cemetery, Ardwick Greater Manchester North West 1750 to 1963
Burial Ground of St James Church, Birch in Rusholme Greater Manchester North West 1681 to 1980
Chorlton Green Graveyard, Chorlton-cum-Hardy Greater Manchester North West 1708 to 1963
Dob Lane Chapel, Failsworth Greater Manchester North West  
Platt Chapel Graveyard, Rusholme Greater Manchester North West 1746 to 1885
Rusholme Road Cemetery, Chorlton Upon Medlock Greater Manchester North West 1806 to 1949
Southern Cemetery, Chorlton-cum-Hardy Greater Manchester North West 1868 to 1917
St Marys Graveyard, Leigh Greater Manchester North West 1770 to 1965
St Peters Church Yard, Oldham Greater Manchester North West 1768 to 1876
Weaste Cemetery, City of Salford Greater Manchester North West 1508 to 1969
Bethesda Congregational Churchyard, Blackpool Lancashire North West 1844 to 1917
Congregational Church, Southport Lancashire North West 1828 to 1885
Mount Street Burial Ground, Blackburn Lancashire North West 1813 to 1867
Old Church of St John, Bury Lancashire North West 1753 to 1880
Preston St Paul Churchyard, Preston Lancashire North West 1810 to 1951
Redundant Church of St Johns, Silverdale, Blackburn Lancashire North West 1838 to 1915
Salford Northern Cemetery, Salford Lancashire North West 1904 to 1973
St Bartholomew (Ewood), Blackburn Lancashire North West 1958 to 2003
Christ Church Burial Ground, Hunter St, Liverpool Merseyside North West 1784 to 1877
Holy Trinity Churchyard, St Anne St, Liverpool Merseyside North West 1790 to 1887
St James Cemetery, Liverpool Merseyside North West 1756 to 1926
Wallasey Cemetery, Wallasey Merseyside North West 1892 to 1955
Independant Chapel, Reading Berkshire South East 1806 to 1875
St Nicholas Churchyard, Newbury Berkshire South East 1809 to 1819
The Chapel of St Mary, Speenhamland Berkshire South East  
Windsor Baptist Churchyard, Windsor Berkshire South East  
Oakley Hall, High Wycombe Buckinghamshire South East 1788 to 1884
Sutcliff Baptist Church Graveyard, Olney Buckinghamshire South East 1822 to 1906
Quaker Burial Ground, Riflebutt Road, Brighton East Sussex South East 1855 to 1964
St Andrews Churchyard, Hove East Sussex South East 1835 to 1936
All Saints Burial Ground, Southampton Hampshire South East 1811 to 1861
All Saints Parish Churchyard, Eastleigh Hampshire South East 1801 to 1967
Church of The Last Resurrection, Eastleigh Hampshire South East 1881 to 1907
Dr Watts Memorial Hall, Southampton Hampshire South East 1821 to 1855
Eastleigh Holy Trinity Churchyard, Eastleigh Hampshire South East 1967 to 1967
Mile End Gardens, Portsmouth Hampshire South East 1844 to 1959
Millbrook Old Cemetery, Millbrook Hampshire South East 1683 to 1933
Quaker Meeting House Burial Ground, Basingstoke Hampshire South East 1839 to 1854
Saint Martin's Church, Winnall Hampshire South East 1756 to 1884
St Marys Burial Ground, Alverstoke Hampshire South East 1800 to 1907
United Reformed Church, Basingstoke Hampshire South East 1837 to 1850
West Hill Cemetery, Winchester Hampshire South East 1826 to 1970
Ebenezer Chapel Ground, Ramsgate Kent South East 1825 to 1919
Emmanuel Churchyard, Tunbridge Wells Kent South East 1811 to 1888
Holy Trinity Churchyard, Maidstone Kent South East 1830 to 1948
St Lawrence Church, Allington Kent South East 1709 to 1961
St. Maragrets, Rochester Kent South East 1836 to 1891
Saints Nuneham Courtenay, Oxford Oxfordshire South East 1960 to 1960
Summertown Old Churchyard, Summertown Oxfordshire South East 1822 to 1982
Winckworth and Pemberton Churchyard, Hinksey Oxfordshire South East 1804 to 1852
Baptist Burial Ground, Horley Surrey South East 1852 to 1956
Baptist Chapel, Guildford Surrey South East 1761 to 1859
Horton Hospital Estate Cemetery, Epsom Surrey South East 1910 to 1945
Merton Congregational Chapel, Merton Surrey South East 1816 to 1851
Reigate Congregational Church Site, Reigate Surrey South East 1834 to 1856
Staines Burial Ground, Staines Surrey South East 1833 to 1949
Western Road, Mitcham Surrey South East 1833 to 1879
Burial Grounds of United Reformed Church, Horsham West Sussex South East 1792 to 1946
Baptist Chapel, Old King St, Bristol Bristol South West 1827 to 1855
Jewish Burial Ground, Rose St, Temple, Bristol Bristol South West 1820 to 1880
St Andrews Churchyard, Montpelier, Bristol Bristol South West 1816 to 1944
St John's Church, Bristol Bristol South West 1838 to 1922
The Former Friends BG, Redcliffe Way, Bristol Bristol South West  
The Friends Meeting House, Bedminster, Bristol Bristol South West 1837 to 1859
Central Methodist Hall Graveyard, Plymouth Devon South West 1802 to 1902
Holy Trinity Church, Exeter Devon South West 1831 to 1903
Quaker Burial Ground, Plymouth Devon South West 1762 to 1925
St Mary Magdalene Churchyard, Barnstaple Devon South West  
St Peters Church, Stoke Fleming Devon South West 1842 to 1856
Bury Street Cemetery, Weymouth Dorset South West 1815 to 1851
Unitarian Church, Poole Dorset South West 1776 to 1852
United Reformed Church, Skinner St, Poole Dorset South West 1804 to 1836
Old Cemetery, Gloucester Gloucestershire South West 1800 to 1973
St Georges Church Graveyard, Stonehouse Gloucestershire South West 1700 to 1925
Bradford on Tone Chapel Burial Ground, Taunton Somerset South West 1860 to 1887
St Marys Cemetery, Somerset Somerset South West 1836 to 1904
St Michael's Burial Ground, Walcot, Bath Somerset South West 1795 to 1952
Walcot Methodist Chapel Burial Ground, Bath Somerset South West 1810 to 1928
Walcot St Swithins Burial Ground, Walcot Somerset South West 1792 to 1880
Church of St Edmund, Salisbury Wiltshire South West 1832 to 1888
Manningford Bohune Church, Manningford Bohune Wiltshire South West 1862 to 1967
Shaftesbury Holy Trinity, Salisbury Wiltshire South West 1745 to 1970
Convent of Poor Clares Burial Ground, Lower Bullingham Herefordshire West Midlands 1897 to 1994
Whitchurch United Reformed Church, Whitchurch Herefordshire West Midlands 1821 to 1984
Zion Baptist Church, Hereford Herefordshire West Midlands 1839 to 1898
St Michael Church Graveyard, Shrewsbury Shropshire West Midlands 1809 to 1891
Alexandra Road Cemetery, Tipton Staffordshire West Midlands 1867 to 1953
Church of Christ Churchyard, Stafford Staffordshire West Midlands 1759 to 1935
Church of Holy Trinity, Burton-upon-Trent Staffordshire West Midlands 1826 to 1891
Former Graveyard, Rugeley Staffordshire West Midlands  
Edward Street Methodist Church, Nuneaton Warwickshire West Midlands 1839 to 1848
St Scholasticas Priory Burial Ground, Atherstone Warwickshire West Midlands 1847 to 1966
Bath Street Burial Ground, Walsall West Midlands West Midlands 1756 to 1941
Brandwood End Cemetery, Birmingham West Midlands West Midlands 1900 to 1951
Handsworth Cemetery, Birmingham West Midlands West Midlands  
Lodge Hill Cemetery, Birmingham West Midlands West Midlands 1897 to 1951
Mayers Green Congregational Church, West Bromwich West Midlands West Midlands 1818 to 1899
Sandwell Road, West Bromwich West Midlands West Midlands 1875 to 1890
Society of Friends Burial Ground, Birmingham West Midlands West Midlands 1811 to 1925
St Mary's Burial Ground, Birmingham West Midlands West Midlands 1778 to 1874
St Thomas Churchyard, Birmingham West Midlands West Midlands 1830 to 1878
Witton Cemetery, Birmingham West Midlands West Midlands 1829 to 1951
Yardley Cemetery, Birmingham West Midlands West Midlands 1887 to 1947
Cathedral Churchyard, Sheffield South Yorkshire Yorkshire 1837 to 1846
East Lane Burial Ground, Stainford South Yorkshire Yorkshire 1830 to 1854
Howard Street Congregational Chapel, Sheffield South Yorkshire Yorkshire 1795 to 1872
Owlerton Methodist Church, Sheffield South Yorkshire Yorkshire 1830 to 1896
Queen Street Burial Ground, Sheffield South Yorkshire Yorkshire 1787 to 1852
Rotherham General Cemetery, Rotherham South Yorkshire Yorkshire 1768 to 1864
St Johns Churchyard, Sheffield South Yorkshire Yorkshire 1844 to 1871
St Marys Churchyard, Sheffield South Yorkshire Yorkshire 1833 to 1915
St Philips Churchyard, Sheffield South Yorkshire Yorkshire 1832 to 1881
Wesleyan Methodist Burial Ground, Attercliffe South Yorkshire Yorkshire 1836 to 1854
Bagley Lane Burial Ground, Leeds West Yorkshire Yorkshire 1775 to 1892
Banktop Methodist Church, Halifax West Yorkshire Yorkshire 1897 to 1941
Cragg Hill Baptist Church, Rawdon West Yorkshire Yorkshire 1850 to 1894
Ebeneezer Methodist Burial Ground, Soyland Town Ripponden West Yorkshire Yorkshire 1810 to 1958
Methodist Burial Ground, Holmfirth West Yorkshire Yorkshire  
Midgley Methodist Church Graveyard, Midgley West Yorkshire Yorkshire 1822 to 1965
Mount Zion Methodist Church Graveyard, Ogden West Yorkshire Yorkshire 1819 to 1968
Paddock All Saints, Wakefield West Yorkshire Yorkshire  
The Vicars Croft Closed Burial Ground, Wakefield West Yorkshire Yorkshire 1741 to 1956
Unitarian Burial Ground, Westgate End, Wakefield West Yorkshire Yorkshire 1709 to 1833
Methodist Cemetery, Capel Celyn Gwynedd Wales 1896 to 1954
Former Soar Scotch Baptist Chapel, Aberderfyn Ponciau Clwyd Wales 1839 to 1888
St Berres Churchyard, Llanferres Village Clwyd Wales 1774 to 1930
Blaenffos Baptist Chapel Burial Ground, Narberth Dyfed Wales 1805 to 1954
Horeb Baptist Church, Haverfordwest Dyfed Wales  
Gilwern, Gilwern Gwent Wales 1841 to 1870
Mission Room, Blackrock Gwent Wales 1846 to 1858
Old Cemetery, Clifton Road, Newport Gwent Wales 1849 to 1870
Siloam Chapel, Clydach Gwent Wales 1813 to 1958
Bethlehem Chapel, Vaynor Mid Glamorgan Wales 1836 to 1911
Capel Taf Fechan Churchyard, Llanddetty Powys Wales 1768 to 1924
Cathays Cemetery, Cardiff South Glamorgan Wales 1828 to 1992
Presbyterian Chapel Graveyard, Craig Penllyn Cowbridge South Glamorgan Wales 1811 to 1970
St Margarets Churchyard, Roath South Glamorgan Wales 1802 to 1962
Moriah Burial Ground, Port Talbot West Glamorgan Wales 1826 to 1890


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