RefNoROM/8
TitleGeneral Cemetery Registers
AdminHistorySheffield General Cemetery was one of the earliest commercial cemeteries in Britain. In 1834 a company was formed to open a cemetery for Sheffield. The company purchased 7 acres of land and built an office building, gateways and a lodge. The first burial took place in 1836. The company made its money by selling burial rights in perpetuity and by carrying out funerals. The last sale of a right of burial took place in 1960. It was incorporated by the Sheffield General Cemetery Act 1846. As well as created a limited company the Act authorised the cemetery for Church of England burials as well as con-conformist use. At this time the Company purchased a further 10 acres.

A Church of England chapel was built in 1848 (and consecrated in 1850). A nonconformist chapel was already in existence. By the Companies Act 1948 it became the Sheffield General Cemetery Company Limited. The number of burials declined by the 1930s, and by the 1960s/70s only about 12 burials a year were taking place. By the latter part of the 20th century over 87,000 burials had taken place in 22,000 graves. By the 1960s - 1970s the cemetery was suffering from a lack of investment. Numerous proposals were suggested for the City Council to take over the ownership. This finally occurred in 1979 under the Sheffield General Cemetery Act 1979. All burials ceased in 1978. Half of the cemetery was cleared around this time to create an open park.

The site is now (2011) a Grade II* listed park.
DescriptionVersion 4

Transcriptions of :
Register of Burials in the unconsecrated burial ground May 1836 - Jan 1857 Nos. 0001 - 6672
Register of Burials in the unconsecrated burial ground Jan 1857 - 27 Dec 1866 Nos. 6673 - 13485
Register of Burials in the unconsecrated burial ground 30 Dec 1866 - 5 Feb 1881 Nos. 13486 - 22944
Register of Burials in the unconsecrated burial ground 5 Feb 1881 - 10 Jul 1899 Nos. 22945 - 31722
Register of Burials in the unconsecrated burial ground 11 Jul 1899 - 16 Dec 1975 Nos. 31723 -38537 (end)

Alphabetical Index of burials in General Cemetery
Non-conformists (unconsecrated) grave owners database

Register of Burials in the consecrated burial ground 22 Jun 1850 - 8 Jan 1869 Nos. 1 - 9512
Register of Burials in the consecrated burial ground (book 2) 7 Jan 1869 - 1 Sep 1880 Nos. 1 - 9560
Register of Burials in the consecrated burial ground 1 Sep 1880 - 17 Jan 1893 Nos 956 - 19000
Register of Burials in the consecrated burial ground 13 Jan 1893 - 9 Jan 1911 Nos 19001 - 28440
Register of Burials in the consecrated burial ground 5 Jan 1911 - 16 Jul 1927 Nos 28441 - 34000
Register of Burials in the consecrated burial ground 1927 - 1978 Nos 34001-39301

Explaination of Records
Read Me 6

Introduction (Explanation of Records.doc) is a MS Word document (26kb, created 19 Aug 2011)
Read Me 6 (how to use the disk) is a MS Word document (21kb, created 24 Nov 2010)
Transcripts are in 15 MS Excel worksheets (ranging in size from and created 14 Feb 2012)
Index complied by Frank Cooper and "General Cemetery Volunteers".
Copyright Sheffield General Cemetery Trust.
CD-R
Date2007
Extent1 CD
FormatCD-ROM
AccessStatusOpen
CopiesA copy of this item is available in the searchroom
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