Derbyshire Places of Worship

Ironville Old Cemetery, Ironville (1) (43k) Ironville Old Cemetery, Ironville (2) (43k) Ironville Old Cemetery, Ironville (3) (49k) Above Photograph(s)
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Ironville Old Cemetery, Ironville
Ironville Old Cemetery,
Casson Street / Bullock Lane,
Ironville, Derbyshire.

Church History

This Cemetery or Burial Ground was founded after 1852, and we understand it is still open.

The original Ironville Cemetery (or burial ground) was laid out behind the church, on the opposite side of the former Pinxton Canal. No burials ever took place in the ground surrounding the church itself, but the two areas were connected by a wooden bridge over the canal, allowing funeral processions to go directly from the church to burial ground. The original plot belonged to the Church, but it was later adopted by the Local Authority, who subsequently opened a new Cemetery on the opposite side of Bullock Lane.

Today, it may be a surprise to learn that this was ever a burial ground, as very few headstones now remain in situ, due to deterioration, and their subsequent removal, and the ones that do are largely hidden by trees and the stone wall. There is an area allocated for burial of created remains, but otherwise burials now take place in the new Cemetery.

Happily however for researchers, the Derbyshire Ancestral Research Group were able to transcribe the inscriptions prior to the stones being removed, and a transcription can be consulted in their Meeting Room.

The old burial ground is much bigger than it may appear. In 1895, at the time of publication of Kelly's Directory of that year, the Cemetery was said to be about 3 acres. There was no mention of when it was opened, though this is assumed to have been at the same time, or shortly after the church was built (1851-2). [Source: Janet Kirk, et al]

The following information about the Cemetery has been provided to accompany the photographs on the right. A list of people who have supplied the information is included in the Acknowledgements, below.

[Image 1] This view shows part of the churchyard, with more to the left out of shot. The back of the church, also out of shot, is on the right.[1]

[Image 2] Devoid Churchyard and Cemetery, with the bulk of the original gravestones cleared. The tall trees and the wall to the right is the line of Bullock Lane.[1]

[Image 3] This view of the Churchyard shows the back of Church with Parson's Cottage to its left. One would never guess this church is an altered building - it isn't possible to see the join, nor any difference in colour of stonework. The sticking out bit at the nave end is clearly an add-on though.[1]


Now or formerly a Cemetery.

In most cases this will be a record of its original consecration.


This Cemetery is located at OS grid reference SK4354551974. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:


A special thanks to the following people who have contributed information for this web page:

1. Information provided by Janet Kirk.

Information last updated on 10 Feb 2013 at 10:33.

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