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WOTTON BURIAL GROUND, HORTON ROAD, GLOUCESTER
If you walk down Horton Road from the Barnwood Road direction on your left hand side there is a small burial ground which is now a nature reserve. The land was originally given to the Southgate Congregational church in 1770 by a John Beale who was High Sheriff of Gloucester in 1751. In 1848 they decided to use it as a cemetery.
There are two registers of burials and a cash book from 1860 onwards held at Gloucestershire Archives ref:- D6143/2/10, D6143/2/11 and D6026/6/42.
The Trustees of this burial ground were the Deacons of the Southgate Congregational Church. The first burial being a JANE SMART buried 24th March aged 17 of Barton Street, Gloucester whose cause of death is given as a cold. The first book which covers 1848 to 1914, as well as giving details of the deceased also gives the cause of death. During this period there were over 1400 burials.
There were requests for extending the burial ground in 1863 and an Inspector form the Home Secretary was sent to visit and to listen to representations. There were objections from the management of the Asylum which overlooked the burial ground stating that the burials were having a detrimental effect on the patients. The request for the extension was refused.
All inscriptions on headstones had to be approved by a committee and the original fees for graves up to 6 feet deep were:- burial in a common grave 7s/6d, Children under 10 5s, private graves 15s, brick graves £1/16s/6d and vaulted graves £3/13s (full details of fees are given in the registers).
Due to the large number of burials it was agreed in 1913 that new graves would be for relatives by blood or marriage of those already buried there.
The last entry is for the burial of ashes on 9th June 1983 of Miss Beatrice Wright of 10 St Michaels Square, Gloucester aged 89. The number of burials totalled over 1500.
These names have now been indexed and are available for searching on the GFHS computers at its new home in the Gloucestershire Archives Hub in Alvin Street, Gloucester. So if you have not found your ancestor being buried in the Gloucester Cemeteries it may be worth looking here.
Thanks go to Liz Jack, Lorraine Jackson and my wife Janette for the work completed in compiling this index.