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From: "Caroline Bradford" <>
Subject: Re: [LON] Frederick GRIFFIN burial location?
Date: Sat, 31 Jul 2010 07:53:57 +0100
As has been said many times before, London burials are notoriously tricky
things to find. Your friend's ancestor will not be in a graveyard, as such,
as these had been closed in the metropolis since the middle of the 19th
century, but in a cemetery (either private or municipal).
If a family had reasonable financial means (as this one seems to), then a
relative's final resting place would have been a matter of personal choice.
This makes finding a burial location harder, but increases the chances of
there being a gravestone.
Most burial registers continue to be held at the cemeteries themselves, and
charges are made for searches. So unless funds are unlimited, a slow
process of elimination makes financial sense, rather than requesting a
search from each of the possible locations. Online access to any of the
registers which might be relevant for this person is effectively
non-existent, with the notable exception of Abney Park Cemetery (in
Hackney), but, alas, he is not there.
The most likely candidates are probably:
Hanwell Cemetery (the municipal cemetery for the City of Westminster, in
which your friend's ancestor lived and died). Go to
http://tinyurl.com/2bhv9x4 for contact details.
Brookwood Cemetery (a popular, private cemetery). Registers are at the
Surrey History Centre, but have been filmed by the LDS. Alternatively, a
paid search service is available. Go to
http://www.brookwoodcemetery.com/index.htm for more details.
Kensal Green Cemetery (another quite fashionable choice). For details, go
Hope this is of some help
> I am writing for a friend who is planning a trip to London in a few
> weeks. She is hoping to visit her grandfathers grave and is wondering
> where he is most likely buried.
> Frederick GRIFFIN died 5th November 1917 at Charing Cross Hospital at
> years of Age. He was living at 32 Charing Cross Road, WC and was
> as an Inventor.
> He was born in or near Hackney. In the various census years he lived in
> several other places but never strayed more the about 3 miles from
> either Charing Cross or Hackney.
> He had brothers who were book publishers in Fleet street.
> As a best guess where is the most likely graveyard where he might have
> been buried. What would be the easiest way to find out prior to a trip
> to the UK to try and find out for sure before leaving Canada.
> Thank you in advance for any assistance with this.
> Sheila I Hale
> Fort McMurray,AB