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#587493 - 22nd Sep 2011 7:43pm Old graveyards in birkenhead
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Does anyone know where I can get a list of all the old graveyards in Birkenhead particularly ones that have been 'built on'. Am I right in thinking wilkos and poundstretcher are on the site of one? My sister and me are trying to trace family graves going back to the mid 1800's. I said to her today if anyonecan help it will be wiki folk. Thanks

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#587598 - 22nd Sep 2011 11:09pm Re: Old graveyards in birkenhead [Re: chris58]
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You are correct but it was a church graveyard. The remains were reinterred in Landican as far as I know.

Birkenhead library would be your best bet. Flaybrick and Woodchurch are about the oldest but there were a number of churches that had burials including St Werbergs (sp?) There were also burials in the Priory although how recent I don't know? Again, a lot of them were reinterred when the ship repairers was extended and I presume that was at Landican?

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#587781 - 23rd Sep 2011 11:47am Re: Old graveyards in birkenhead [Re: chris58]
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Thanks Helles! Does anyone know the name of the church on the site?


Edited by chris58 (23rd Sep 2011 11:49am)

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#587784 - 23rd Sep 2011 11:49am Re: Old graveyards in birkenhead [Re: chris58]
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Actually, this isn't true at all: Wilkinsons/Poundstretcher, and the old Asda they replaced, were built on the site of some old houses that used to stand between Hemingford Street and a continuation of Camden Street. St Andrew's Presbyterian Church was further along Conway Street, on a site which became part of the old Asda car park. As far as I can work out, the graveyard was roughly where the entrance to the new slip road around the ouside of the Bus Station now is.

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#587923 - 23rd Sep 2011 6:30pm Re: Old graveyards in birkenhead [Re: marty99fred]
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Look here help

http://www.ukbmd.org.uk/genuki/chs/birkenhead.html

It lists all Birkenhead's churches and dates for burials.

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#587935 - 23rd Sep 2011 7:10pm Re: Old graveyards in birkenhead [Re: chris58]
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I think we've had info before about
Birkenhead Cemetery, Chapel Lane. Opened 1900 but can't find it.
Could anyone say where it was?
Was it Landican cemetary?


Edited by derekdwc (23rd Sep 2011 7:12pm)

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#587979 - 23rd Sep 2011 8:51pm Re: Old graveyards in birkenhead [Re: chris58]
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The Priory church has a small graveyard. William Laird is buried there. There are other older ones there as well

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#588023 - 23rd Sep 2011 9:49pm Re: Old graveyards in birkenhead [Re: derekdwc]
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Originally Posted By: derekdwc

Birkenhead Cemetery, Chapel Lane. Opened 1900 but can't find it.
Could anyone say where it was?
Was it Landican cemetary?


Not only can no-one find the cemetery, no-one can say where this bit of misinformation came from! As far as I know, there's never been a Chapel Lane in Birkenhead, and no local municipal cemetery opened in 1900. There was a Chapel Street, facing the old Wesleyan Chapel on Price Street (now the site of Brunswick House), but that never had a cemetery and certainly wasn't built in 1900. Can't be Landican either as it's over 30 years too early...

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#588658 - 25th Sep 2011 11:25am Re: Old graveyards in birkenhead [Re: marty99fred]
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May actually have solved this one. There was a Chapel Lane Cemetery that opened in 1900, but it was in Burtonwood not Birkenhead. Clicky

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#588769 - 25th Sep 2011 3:31pm Re: Old graveyards in birkenhead [Re: chris58]
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Thanks folks you have given us something to work on. Appreciate the info.

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#588773 - 25th Sep 2011 3:40pm Re: Old graveyards in birkenhead [Re: marty99fred]
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Originally Posted By: marty99fred
May actually have solved this one. There was a Chapel Lane Cemetery that opened in 1900, but it was in Burtonwood not Birkenhead. Clicky
Sounds like you've possibly nailed it, my only other thoughts were the recently acquired expansion at Flaybrick (which WAS Birkenhead cemetry) being opened officially - there are some areas whose gravestones start around 1900. The extension was acquired in the 1890s
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#588823 - 25th Sep 2011 5:57pm Re: Old graveyards in birkenhead [Re: diggingdeeper]
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I lived a couple of minutes walk away from Flaybrick Cemetery for over 30 years and there's definitely no Chapel Lane there! I think it's just a simple case of somebody somewhere not knowing their Burtonwood from their Birkenhead, and the error being copied by others...

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#591683 - 30th Sep 2011 4:35pm Re: Old graveyards in birkenhead [Re: diggingdeeper]
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Originally Posted By: marty99fred
May actually have solved this one. There was a Chapel Lane Cemetery that opened in 1900, but it was in Burtonwood not Birkenhead. Clicky
Sounds like you've possibly nailed it, my only other thoughts were the recently acquired expansion at Flaybrick (which WAS Birkenhead cemetry) being opened officially - there are some areas whose gravestones start around 1900. The extension was acquired in the 1890s


Is that Bidston Avenue marked as Bailey St


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#591698 - 30th Sep 2011 5:18pm Re: Old graveyards in birkenhead [Re: derekdwc]
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Certainly looks like it, Derek. Not the only name change on that map (Broom's plan 1888). Park Rd. North is shown as Conway St. Also, that's the plan which shows the "Authorised Connah's Quay Railway" (the Borders line) with a spur to Central Station.
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