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.
Compiled by Tim Randles for G.F.H.S.
Survey of Memorials in St Matthew’s Church and Churchyard, Twigworth 2016-17.
Introduction. The output of this survey comprises a set of 5 ‘plans’ of the graveyard, a ‘Word’ tabulation of the individual memorial inscriptions and photographs of every memorial. The survey was carried out by physical inspection and photographic recording over the 18 month period between March 2016 and October 2017.
The layout plans. There was no plan of the churchyard available so, for the purpose of this survey, I assumed a crude grid across the whole churchyard and assigned a grid reference to each memorial. The grid squares run from ‘AA’ to ‘BY’ south – north along the road frontage and numbers 01-30 from front to back of the churchyard. It has subsequently been drawn to my attention that the lettering seems back to front when viewed on plan or from the road but it made sense to me when I was working inside the churchyard, starting at the southern end and using the road frontage as a datum line! The grid is only approximate because the churchyard is not rectangular and many graves are not actually in straight lines. There are 4 ‘plans’ (actually ‘Word’ tabulations) to cover the whole churchyard. They are certainly not to scale; indeed they are very distorted, but nevertheless they are very helpful for locating the memorials. There is a 5th plan which covers the Ashes Garden which lies at the northern end of the churchyard. Again, it is a ‘word’ tabulation of a separate grid system which runs from CA to CS on its south to north axis, and from 01-15 on the west to east axis. I have not marked the location of the memorials within the church on any plan but they were recorded in order walking around the inside of the church in a clockwise direction.
The database This has nine columns: 1. A unique number for each physical memorial and which has been generated solely for convenience in preparing this database. Where more than one life is commemorated on a single headstone then they will both have the same number. Where a memorial has more than one side, or where the tomb consists of a series of plaques then they will each have a, b etc after the memorial number. 2. A ‘Grid reference’ (see above). This is unique to any one memorial, except in a very few cases where the graves are unusually close together. 3. Surname. Where a married woman’s maiden name is also given on the memorial then she is entered twice in the list, using both surnames. 4. First names, taken from the memorial. In a few cases, where only nicknames or initials are recorded on the memorial, this may be supplemented with information from the burial register in order to facilitate searches of the database. 5. Date of death, from the memorial. In a few cases where the date was not legible or available I may have quoted the year from the burial register. 6. Age at death, from the gravestone. Where this was not available the age may have been taken from the burial register. 7. A transcript of the memorial inscription. Unreadable sections are shown by [ ]. 8. The burial date, taken from the Church Burial register. 9. Any other information.
Over 125,000 entries and details of where to find them.
Between 1976 and 1987, some 5,500 headstones were removed from the Old Cemetery Tredworth Road, Gloucester.
This Index lists those inscriptions and the 15,000 names associated with them.
Note – Now available by PDF Download (See here)
Survey of Memorials in St Andrew’s Church and Churchyard, Miserden.
This database of Memorials is based mainly on their physical inspection and photographic recording over the 12 month period between July 2014 and July 2015. However, it does also refer to four other documents.
1. A hand-written set of indexes of Baptisms, Marriages and Burials at Miserden from 1574 to 1974 which is currently held by the church. I understand that this was probably prepared by a church-warden who extracted the information from the Parish registers. They are remarkable documents, neatly written and organised by date and surname – not a simple task before computerisation. Where relevant I have given the burial date from this index as well as the date of death from the gravestone. They don’t always tally and researchers should always check the original Parish registers to minimise any transcription errors.
2. The “Record of Church furnishings” for St Andrew’s Church prepared 1995-97 by The National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies (NADFAS). This provides enormous detail of the Memorials inside the church, including the stained glass windows. A few of the older inscriptions are in Latin and, in most of these cases, an English translation is contained in the NADFAS report.
3. 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. Three pages of this relate to the Miserden inscriptions and they, in theory, list the gravestones existing in the churchyard c1790, but it appears far from comprehensive: there are many current gravestones which pre-date 1790 but which are not listed by Bigland. However there are many listed in his book which no longer exist 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 the burial date from the register index) and researchers will need to refer to Bigland to see what, if any, further information is available.
Tim Randles. June 2016
A download version is available but please note photographs (approx. 360) of Memorial Inscriptions where available are only on the CD version, Not the download version (due to Web Site upload constraints).
By : Gloucestershire FHS – Forest of Dean Branch
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 download version available but please note photographs (approx. 800) of Memorial Inscriptions where available are only on the CD version not the download version (due to Web Site upload constraints)
By : Gloucestershire FHS – Forest of Dean Branch
Clearwell Burial Ground
Drybrook Holy Trinity
Mitcheldean St Michael and All Angels
Viney Hill All Saints Burial Ground
Also Available as a Download
By : Gloucestershire FHS
This CD contains the following:
- Catalogue of Gloucestershire Burial Sites
- Fosbrook’s Bigland Memorials of Gloucester City
Burial Ground Surveys
Each survey includes plans, transcripts and an index
|ALDSWORTH St. Bartholomew|
|ALSTONE: Nr Teddington, St. Margaret|
|ARLINGHAM, Ebenezer Chapel|
|ARLINGHAM, St. Mary|
|BARNWOOD, St. Lawrence|
|BEACHLEY, St. Luke|
|BISLEY, All Saints|
|BITTON War Memorial|
|BLEDINGTON, St. Leonard|
|BODDINGTON, St. Mary|
|BROCKWORTH, St. George|
|BROCKWORTH, War Memorial|
|CHARLTON ABBOTTS, St. Martin|
|CHEDWORTH, St. Andrew|
|CHELTENHAM, Bethel Baptist|
|CHELTENHAM, Francis Close Hall|
|CHELTENHAM, Holy Trinity|
|CHELTENHAM, Jewish Cemetery|
|CHELTENHAM, Jewish Synague|
|CHELTENHAM, St. Christopher|
|CHELTENHAM, St. James|
|CHELTENHAM, St. Luke|
|CHELTENHAM, St. Mary|
|CHELTENHAM, St. Matthew|
|CHELTENHAM, St. Paul|
|CHELTENHAM, St. Peter|
|CHELTENHAM: High Street, St. Mary’s Cemetery|
|CINDERFORD: Baptist Chapel Church Rd|
|CIRENCESTER, St. John the Baptist|
|CLAPTON-ON-HILL, St. James|
|CLEEVE HILL, St. Peter|
|CODRINGTON, Baptist Chapel|
|COLD ASHTON War Memorial|
|COLESBOURNE, St. James|
|COLN ST.ALDWYN, St. John the Baptist|
|COOMBE HILL Methodist Church|
|DOYNTON War Memorial|
|DRYBROOK, Holy Trinity|
|DURSLEY: Woodmancote, St. Mark|
|DYMOCK, Four Oaks, Baptist Chapel|
|DYRHAM War Memorial|
|ELMSTONE HARDWICKE, St. Mary Magdalene|
|ENGLISH BICKNOR, St. Mary|
|FARMCOTE, St. Faith|
|FRAMPTON COTTERELL War Memorial|
|FRAMPTON MANSELL, St. Luke|
|FROCESTER, St. Andrew|
|FROCESTER, St. Peter|
|GLOUCESTER, All Saints|
|GLOUCESTER, Old Cemetery|
|GLOUCESTER, Jewish Burial Ground|
|GLOUCESTER, St. Mary de Crypt|
|GLOUCESTER: Barton Street Unitarian|
|HARNHILL, St. Michael|
|HARTPURY, Methodist Burial Ground|
|HEMPSTED, St. Swithan|
|HEWELSFIELD, St. Mary Magdalene|
|HIGHLEADON Methodist Burial Ground|
|HIGHNAM, Holy Innocent|
|HINTON-ON-THE-GREEN, St. Peter|
|HUCCLECOTE Methodist Burial Ground|
|HUCCLECOTE, St. Philip & St. James|
|HUCCLECOTE War Memorial|
|HUNTLEY, St. John|
|KEMERTON Methodist Burial Ground|
|KINGSWOOD Independent Burial Ground|
|LANCAUT, St. James|
|LASSINGTON, St. Oswald|
|LEIGH, St. Catherine|
|LITTLE WASHBOURNE, St. Mary|
|LYDBROOK, Holy Jesus|
|MANGOTSFIELD War Memorial|
|MARSHFIELD War Memorial|
|MINCHINHAMPTON Baptist Chapel|
|NAILSWORTH Old Independent Burial Ground|
|NATTON, Ashchurch, Seventh Day Baptist Burial Gd.|
|NEWENT United Reform Church|
|NEWLAND, All Saints|
|NORTH CERNEY, All Saints|
|NORTH NIBLEY Tabernacle|
|NYMPSFIELD, St. Bartholomew|
|OLD SODBURY, St. John Baptist|
|OXENHALL, St. Anne|
|OXENTON, St. John|
|PAINSWICK Cud Hill Burial Site|
|PAINSWICK, Friends Burial Ground, Dell Farm|
|PAINSWICK, Friends Meeting House|
|POOLHILL, PAUNTLEY, Meth. Burial Ground|
|POSTLIP, Winchcombe, Burial Enclosure|
|POSTLIP, Winchcombe, St. James Chapel|
|PRESTBURY, St. Mary|
|PRESTBURY War Memorial|
|PUCKLECHURCH War Memorial|
|QUEDGELEY, St. James|
|RANDWICK Methodist Burial Ground|
|RUARDEAN, St. John|
|RUDFORD, St. Mary|
|SANDHURST, St. Lawrence|
|SAPPERTON, St. Kenelm|
|SHEEPSCOMBE Methodist Burial Ground|
|SHEEPSCOMBE, St. John|
|SOUTH CERNEY, All Hallows|
|SOUTHAM, Holy Ascension|
|STANLEY PONTLARGE STAUNTON: Nr Coleford, All Saints|
|STAUNTON: Nr Coleford, All Saints|
|STAVERTON, St. Catherine|
|STOKE ORCHARD, St. James|
|STONEHOUSE Methodist Burial Ground|
|STONEHOUSE War Memorial|
|STOW-ON-THE-WOLD, St. Edward (incomplete)|
|STROUD Old Congregational Chapel|
|TAYNTON, St. Lawrence|
|TEDDINGTON, St. Nicholas|
|TETBURY, St. Mary|
|TIDENHAM, St. Mary|
|WELSH BICKNOR, St. Margaret|
|WEST LITTLETON War Memorial|
|WESTERLEIGH War Memorial|
|WHITTINGTON, St. Bartholomew|
|WICK AND ABSOM War Memorial|
|WOODCHESTER Baptist Chapel|
|WOOLSTONE, St. Martin|
|WOTTON-UNDER-EDGE, Old Town Quaker Chapel|
|WOTTON-UNDER-EDGE, St. Mary|