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Burial Ground, Dronfield
Burial Ground,
Gosforth Lane (formerly Farwater Lane),
Dronfield, Derbyshire.

Church History

This Cemetery or Burial Ground was founded before 1877, but we understand it was closed before 1963.

This was a small square Burial Ground marked in the north-west corner of a field, a short distance south, and opposite the junction of what was then Farwater Lane with Cross Lane. It can be seen for the first time on Old Maps of 1877-1882, in an area which by Maps of 1963-1971 show have been laid out with the present road system, by which time the Burial Ground (understandably) had disappeared. The site of the burial ground is roughly underneath what is now Hanbury Close.

The new housing may have coincided with the renaming of this portion of Farwater Lane to Gosforth Lane, and of Cross Lane to Gomersal Lane - so called, presumably as it was the site of Gomersal Colliery (but also Fallswood Colliery).

None of the Maps indicate what denomination the Burial Ground might have been. It certainly seems to have operated concurrently with Dronfield Municipal Cemetery, which opened in 1877. However Dronfield almost certainly had a Friends Meeting House, as "over forty people were hauled out of a meeting at Dronfield in 1661", according to the first Book of Sufferings, so it may have been Quaker; and White's Directory of 1857 refers to a chapel "erected by the Society of Friends, several years ago", which had been adopted by Wesleyan Methodists.

Denomination

Now or formerly a Cemetery (Quaker?).

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

Maps

This Cemetery was located at OS grid reference SK3493478040. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:

Reference

  • Places recorded by the Registrar General under the provisions of the Places of Worship Registration Act 1855 (2010) is available as a "Freedom of Information" document from the website What Do They Know.
Last updated on 11 Aug 2011 at 10:40.

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This Report was created 10 Dec 2017 - 04:20:46 GMT from information held in the Derbyshire section of the Places of Worship Database. This was last updated on 4 Jun 2017 at 08:14.

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