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Jesmond old cemetery

Inspired by the book " A fine and private place" by Alan Morgan I visited Jesmond Old Cemetery.

These are the pictures and notes. The details come from the book and where appropriate I have added links to other websites.

The book starts off by talking about the way we dealt with the dead in the 19th century and the pressure created by a growing city with less and less space to bury it's dead.

"In fact it was the outbreak of cholera in the 1850's that finally closed all town parish churchyards in favour of suburban cemeteries" As you see Jesmond was suburban back then.

A meeting was held in 1834 where it was agreed to form a private company to build a new out of town cemetery. It would have a share capital of £8,000. Eleven acres in Jesmond fields were identified. The cemetery would be open to all religions but approximately one half would be consecrated ground.

"Investors would be attracted by the fact that a freehold plot could be sold without buyers fearing disturbance ( in other words they wouldn't stack the coffins on top of each other), and the added revenues from the sale of family vaults and catacombs meant that a healthy dividend was likely"

Work started in 1835 and the land was drained. Three metre high walls were built to enclose the site.

The cemetery lies off Jesmond road and is split into three parts

North West Cemetery

East Cemetery

South West Cemetery

 

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 Notes and pictures

Arhcibald Reed