Fonds CEM - York Cemetery Company

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York Cemetery Company


  • 1641-1980 (Creation)

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65 Volumes & 7 Files

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Became the chief cemetery in York after pre-existing city burial grounds were closed in 1854, and the cemetery was extended several times. An additional one was opened in Fulford in 1915 which also took military burials. The company went into voluntary liquidation in 1966 and went to the Crown. It remained derelict until the establishment of the York Cemetery Trust in 1987.
Function ceased in 1966. Cemetary reopened by York Cemetery Trust in 1987.

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Collection mainly contains financial and operational records including burial registers, grave plan books, ledgers, cash books and various accounts books as well as day books and diaries of interments. Also includes correspondence, plans and title deeds leading up to the company's liquidation in 1966 and the subsequent development and ongoing management of the Cemetery by York Cemetery Trust and the Friends of York Cemetery.

A paid research service to assist researchers in indentifying names and graves is available via the database held by York Cemetery Trust. See their website for further details -


ACC 239 is an accrual to the original collection and was deposited in 1981 via North Yorkshire County Council.

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Material is available subject to the usual terms and conditions of access to Archives and Local History collections.

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Images are supplied for private research only at the Archivist's discretion. Please note that material may be unsuitable for copying on conservation grounds. Researchers who wish to publish material must seek copyright permission from the copyright owner.

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  • English

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    Acc 107 Acc 239 Acc 247

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