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Cemetery Records and Monumental Inscriptions

Google Map showing the location of the main private and municipal cemeteries and crematoria in the City of Manchester.


Municipal and Private Cemeteries

The records for Manchester General Cemetery (opened 1837), Philips Park Cemetery (opened 1866), Southern Cemetery (opened 1879), Gorton Cemetery (opened 1900), and Blackley Cemetery (opened 1953) can be searched on-line at Manchester Burial Records. Free access to the index is available from any computer. Full details are available by purchasing credits online. Free access to full burial details is available at The Town Hall Extension temporary library. Please note that indexing of Blackley Crematorium is not complete.

The burial registers for Ardwick Cemetery 1838-1950 and Cheetham Hill Cemetery 1815-1968 are available on findmypast. This also includes monumental inscriptions for Rusholme Road Cemetery and Ardwick Cemetery.

Free access to these digital resources is available at any Manchester City Council library. Microfilm copies of the registers for these cemeteries can also be viewed at Manchester Central Library from Spring 2014. They include:

  • Ardwick 1838-1950
  • Cheetham Hill Wesleyan 1815-1968
  • Gorton 1900-1988
  • Manchester General, Harpurhey 1837-1905
  • Philips Park, Bradford 1866-1987
  • Rusholme Road, Chorlton-on-Medlock (Dissenters Burial Ground) 1821-1933
  • Southern Cemetery 1879-2002

Please note we do not have microfilm copies of the registers for Blackley Cemetery or post 1905 registers for Manchester General Cemetery. However we do hold an index to burials at Manchester General Cemetery 1916-1997 (not complete) (f929.5 MAN (699)).

For St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Cemetery in Moston (opened 1877), write to: St Joseph's Roman Catholic Cemetery, Moston Lane, Moston Manchester, M40 9QL (0161 681 1582).

In addition we have, in our Withington Workhouse collection, a grave register and interment records. For records of Jewish cemeteries we hold please see our Jewish records section. For details about Methodist burial grounds please see our Methodist Records Guide.

Cremation

Until 1885 cremation was illegal in this country. The registers of Manchester Crematorium (opened 1892), Barlow Moor Road, were lost in the blitz of Christmas 1940. Details of some 35% of the 16,000 cremations up to that time have been recovered from the memorials at the Crematorium and published by the Manchester and Lancashire Family History Society on their website. The index is free to search and members can access the full memorials. The records of Blackley Crematorium (opened 1959) are available on-line at Manchester Burial Records.

Monumental inscriptions

Monumental inscriptions for many local graveyards can be seen either on microfilm, printed book or manuscript form at Manchester Central Library.

Church Burial Grounds

Please consult our Church Register Guide for a list of church burial records.

An index of burials at Manchester Cathedral 1573-1868 is available on Findmypast. This contains details of all burials recorded in the burial registers of Manchester Collegiate Church (Cathedral) arranged in order of surname/forename/date of burial and contains all of the information contained in the original register entries. It also acts as an index to the sextons' books, which can be accessed on microfilm at Manchester Central Library. The burial registers for Manchester Collegiate Church (Cathedral) are also available on Ancestry.co.uk.

The National Burial Index is an index to over 13 million burials taken mainly from church registers. It is also now available on Findmypast.co.uk. However coverage for Lancashire is poor. Findmypast can be accessed for free at any Manchester City Council library.

A useful list of Manchester Graveyards can be found on the Manchester and Lancashire Family History Society website.

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