Transcribed and indexed by Cliff Webb and members of WSFHS, 2015. In the introduction Cliff Webb writes:
London's ever growing population crammed into a small area led to a poorer and poorer level of
sanitation and health. By the mid-19th century, the situation was clearly intolerable. Amongst various initiatives, it was decided that most churchyards would have to close. ... Even before then, entrepreneurs had bought up large tracts of land outside the central area, and laid them out as cemeteries. One of these was officially named the Southern Metropolitan Cemetery, but always known as Norwood Cemetery.
Norwood is a confusing entity. Firstly, there is a parish called Norwood in the ancient county of
Middlesex, north of the Thames. However, there is another area called Norwood south of the river. Part of it was originally in the ancient parish of Croydon, part in the ancient parish of Lambeth. ... The cemetery was founded by its own Act of Parliament of 1836 and consecrated for its first burials in 1837. By 2000, there had been 164,000 burials in 42,000 plots, plus 34,000 cremations and several thousand interments in its catacombs. ...we have indexed all the burials before the end of 1865 (some 25,000 of them), the period when ages are not given in the Civil Registration indexes.
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