Survey of Memorials in St Katharine’s Church and Churchyard,
Matson, Gloucester. 2015-16.
This database of Memorials is based mainly on their physical inspection and photographic recording over the period between July 2015 and May 2016. However, it does also reference the following documents:
1. The Church burial registers and their transcriptions. It should be noted that there are occasionally discrepancies between the information in the register and that written on the memorials. The registers do contain information in some cases about the location of the grave, cross referenced to the churchyard layout plans (see below).
2. Ralph Bigland’s “Historical, Monumental, and Genealogical Collections relative to the County of Gloucester”. This was first published at the end of the eighteenth century but was reissued in the 1990s by Bristol & Gloucestershire Archaeological Society. Two pages of this relate to the Matson inscriptions and they, in theory, list the gravestones and memorials existing in the churchyard c1790, but it may be far from comprehensive. There are many listed in his book which are no longer apparent and, for the sake of completeness, I have
included all these in this database. For copyright reasons, in these cases, I have only used the name and year of death (supplemented by information from the burial register) and researchers will need to refer to Bigland to see what, if any, further information is available.
3. A plan of the old churchyard originally “revised and renumbered” in Easter 1940 by the Rector, Francis H Charles and subsequently updated through the years, although it has become clear that some of the subsequent additions have not been plotted with any accuracy.
4. Other sketch plans, supplied by the church, of the location of modern graves, using the
modern burial register number.
Tim Randles. June 2016
There is a CD version available and photographs (approx. 800) of Memorial Inscriptions where available are only on the CD version not this download version (due to Web Site upload constraints)
By : Gloucestershire FHS
Register of Burials in the Burial Ground of the City of Gloucester
Vol 3 – 19 May 1961 to 31 December 2013
This is the download version. You can find the CD version here.
This part of the Index does not contain the Residence Address or any Stillbirths that may have been entered during this period to maintain confidentially but these details may be obtained from the address below. Crematorium Office, Coney Hill Road, Gloucester GL4 4PA, need to be contacted. They will look up the location of one Grave Number free of charge but for any extra searches, a charge is levied.
A History of the County of Gloucester, Volume 4 states that in 1856 a cemetery of 13 acres was laid out at Tredworth but was not opened until 1857 when the old city churchyards ceased. It was extended in 1875, 1901 and, lastly, in 1911 when it was extended to cover 35 acres. A second city cemetery at Coney Hill was laid out in 1934 but was not opened for burials until 1939. This cemetery is still used today. The old cemetery at Tredworth still has occasional burials there in family plots. Transcription Notes All names and places have been entered as seen in the Burial Books. Where a discrepancy with the Birth, Marriage and Death Index has been found, this had been noted. NG = New Burial Ground. This refers to a new area of the Cemetery being used. Two Grave Numbers given together often relate to family plots adjacent to each other. Unconsecrated Ground – This relates to burials other than Church of England – ie Non-Conformist, Roman Catholic or those not baptised.