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About cemeteries

Pateley Cemetery

In any discussion of burial space, it is helpful to be careful with definitions. See:

  • J. Rugg (2000) 'Defining the place of burial: what makes a cemetery a cemetery?' Mortality, 5, 3, 259-276.


For further background reading we have compiled a select bibliography on cemeteries and cemetery research.


Julie Rugg's PhD thesis, 'The emergence of cemetery companies in Britain, 1819-1853' is now available Rugg thesis (PDF , 17,394kb)

Our Frequently Asked Questions will help you understand cemeteries, burials, the difference between cemeteries and churchyards, and grave re-use.