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The various areas of the Priory graveyard are represented alongside.
The early Victorian area, which has not been used for more that 100 years, has been re-opened for new burials. These are taking place in the area marked, starting at the west (left) side of the area shown.
All but a handful of gravestones in the late Victorian area were removed from this area in the 1970s, partly because many of the stones were becoming unstable, but mainly to make it easier, and indeed possible, to maintain the area.
The records are in this database but not the location of the grave.
Unfortunately, the locations were not recorded at the time of removal. We are trying to identify at least a rough position from old records in the Record Office in Whitehaven.
Disposal of ashes
Recently we have started recording burial services in the Priory even when the person's remains are not buried in the Priory grounds. It is often the case nowadays for the person to be cremated following a service in the Priory and for the ashes to be scattered or disposed of elsewhere. In such cases we possibly would have no record of that person on these web pages.
Modern records, initially as from the beginning of 2015, these lists will include data from funeral services (work in progress) even when no burial has taken place on Priory grounds. As and when time permits, it may be possible to go back over the records adding previous information. Unfortunately, while the Burial Register does record this information, the Services Register does not have a column where the person's name nor method of disposal of remains can be recorded. In many cases, though not always, the person completing the register entry has added this information in the small section allowed for Comments.
Grave indexing (Click for larger scale map)
Graves in each of the areas, other than the current burials area, are indexed by row letter from right to left and by grave number with 1 being nearest Path A.
Graves are indexed using the system XX_Rnn where XX represents the area (letters in brackets on plan) , R row and nn grave number.
e.g. SW_B05. (South west area, 2nd row along path A, 5th grave from path).
See plan on left for Cremated Remains indexing.
New graves in the re-opened area are indexed in rows from left to right (A, B, C, etc) and from top to bottom (1, 2, 3, etc.)
Some graves, particularly many older ones, either had no gravestone or the gravestone has been removed for safety reasons. Their past presence and that of an actual grave, where no record exists, is assumed from the gap between stones. It should also be noted that in the older areas, and in particular the late Victorian area, rows and columns are not always obvious as they were not lined up very well. The index should therefore be taken as an indication of the location of the grave as an aid to finding it should you visit the graveyard.
There are a number of other older gravestones along the east end of the graveyard, along the north side of the church and along the bank separating the early from the late Victorian areas. These are simply indexed by area and a number.