Opened in 1855 the cemetery consists of two main areas, Consecrated and Unconsecrated. Two chapels stand either side of the main drive, one in each of the areas. Between them stands a crowned arch, the construction of which caused much controversy. Full details of the Edgerton Chapels story are here.
Edgerton Cemetery Projects
Janette Hamilton's transcription project has, to date, transcribed about 80% of the burial records at Edgerton.
These records can be searched at the Root Cellar. The search facility has the option to enter Given Names, Surnames and Dates and the search result will show all records which meet those criteria.
Select the required record and the programme provides the option to view all records associated with that grave reference.
This latter facility is particularly useful for family graves.
There are other instances where a larger number of individuals appear to be buried in a communal grave, usually what might be described as a 'Paupers Grave'.
The gravestones (several thousand) at Edgerton were photographed by the late Mike Hardcastle in order to make the Memorial Inscriptions available to family history researchers. Where the inscriptions are difficult to read in the photograph he has added a transcription.
Whilst Mike retained the copyright to these photographs he gave the Society copies together with licence to publish them for the benefit of Family History Researchers.
The images are now in the Society database. The Research team is currently able to provide copies whilst a programme is being developed which will enable Root Cellar visitors to search the image files, using similar criteria to that used for the burial records.
NB: for copyright reasons, the photographing of Monumental Inscription Images on Root Cellar computer screens is not allowed.
Edgerton Cemetery Layout and Monumental Inscriptions
The layout and numbering scheme of the cemetery is not straightforward. Mike prepared an alternative scheme and details can be found here. A method of cross reference to the burial records is under development by the society.
Details that the Society Research Team can provide for Edgerton Burials & Memorial Inscriptions
Burial Register details
Submission of a name and years of birth (if available) and death will enable the Researcher to check the Burial Register. If the name is located then the details of the grave and all other names which the Register shows as being buried in that grave will be identified.Copies of this data can be provided at a cost of 25p per sheet.
Memorial Inscription details
The Memorial Inscription database will be checked and if there is any information available copies can be provided.
A printed copy of the photographs can be obtained for a minimum donation of £1.00 per photograph.
If a Memorial Inscription is available (name index button below) then the Society can provide an 'Edgerton Package', at cost of £2.50, which will include:
- Burial Register details for all persons recorded as buried in that grave.
- Memorial Inscription photograph copy.
- Location Plan to enable the grave to be found
- Background to the establishment of the cemetery.
The search results can be sent by email, however if the results are sent by post then additional packing and postal charges will be due.
Please contact the Society Research Team and follow the guide on the searches page. The more data you can provide the better the chance of a positive result.