Closing of Burial Grounds


By orders in council, dated the 25th of November, which appears in Tuesday’s Gazette, burials must be wholly discontinued from the 6th December next in the parishes of St. Botolph, Billingsgate, and St. George, Botolph-lane; in the church-yards of the parishes of St. Mildred-the-Virgin and St. Mary Colechurch; in the parishes of St Martin Outwich and of Allhallows-on-the-Wall; in the burial-grounds of St. Michael Bassishaw and Christchurch, Newgate-street, with St Leonard, Foster-lane; in the churchyard and vaults of St. John, Wapping; in Sheen’s New Burial-ground, Whitechapel, in which burials have already taken place; in the London Hospital burial-ground; in the vaults under Holy Trinity, Southwark; in New Bunhill-fields Cemetery, in the part already buried in; in the vaults under the Wesleyan Chapel, Deverell Street; in the City Bunhill-fields burial-ground; in St. Mary, Battersea; in All Souls, Fulham, in that part in which burials have taken place within the last 20 years; in St Mary, North-end, except under certain restrictions; in the Dutch Reformed Church, Austinfriars; in St Barnabas, Kensington; in the Neckinger burial-ground; in Southwark Chapel and ground; in St. John’s, Clerkenwell; in Benjamin-street burial-ground; under Greenwich-road Chapel; under St Mary, Rotherhithe; in Cristchurch, Rotherhithe; in Stepney Meeting burial-ground; in St. John’s New burial-ground, Horselydown; under St. Anne’s Limehouse; in Salem Chapel burial-ground; in Enon Chapel burial-ground; under Queen-street Chapel, in St Anne’s Limehouse; in St. Peter-ad-Vineals; in Old Gravel-lane Chapel burial-ground, in Gibraltar burial-ground; in and under St. Nicholas, Deptford; under St. Paul, Deptford; in and under High-street Chapel; in and under the Wesleyan Chapel, Mary Ann’s-buildings; in the Quaker burial-ground; in the General Baptist burial-ground, Church-street; under Holy Trinity, Brompton; in Stockwell New Chapel burial-ground; in the burial-ground of and under the City-road Chapel; in Bunhill-fields burial-ground; under St. Mary’s, Stratford-le-Bow; in the East London Cemetery, and under Brunswick Chapel, Stepney; in East-hill burial-ground, Wandsworth; in the ground and under the Roman Catholic Chapel, Moorfields; and in Putney parish church. It is further ordered that burials be discontinued in the churchyard of St. Peter’s, Hammersmith at the end of 12 months; in the churchyard of All Saints, Poplar; of the Roman Catholic burial-ground, Wade-street; in Sheen’s burial-ground wholly, and in various other grounds enumerated on the 1st of April next year. Other burial places will be closed within various periods in this and in the ensuing year. Burials in All Son’s Roman Catholic Cemetery must be discontinued within five years, and restrictions are placed on the burial of more than one body in one grave in the great majority of those burial-grounds which are allowed to exist in future, the rights of family burial in private graves and vaults being, however, in several instances preserved.


Taken from The Times, 1 December 1853 – submitted by Len Metzner, Hon Member



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