Friends of the Wembdon Road Cemetery
Upon the closure of St. Mary's Churchyard and the opening of the new Wembdon Road Cemetery, Richard Smith of Bridgwater wrote the following,
I lay down this proposition, that it is the right of every Englishman to have a place to be buried in; and, being buried, that no mortal being has a right to touch his remains - that they shall remain undisturbed until the resurrection morning
Bridgwater Times 4 December 1851
The Wembdon Road Cemetery was Bridgwater's first purpose built garden cemetery. Opened in 1851, it covers about five acres and contains some 1400 memorials and many thousands of burials.
The Cemetery is in two distinct sections, each had its own administration and its own Memorial chapel, sadly the latter are now only a distant memory.
The consecrated St. Mary's Anglican section was principally for burials from St. Mary's parish with Holy Trinity and other Anglican burials especially from St John's parish prior to the opening of St. John's Cemetery in Bristol Road in 1878. The Paupers also had a section here.
The non consecrated section was for Dissenters from the Church of England those religious bodies such as the Baptists, Quakers, Unitarians, Independents, Congregationalists and the Mariners who all had chapels in the town.
This site brings all this information together for the first time in over 150 years for the benefit of descendants, local historians and genealogists worldwide.
The Members Forum is a benefit of Membership where members can freely converse with one another and leave messages about genealogical searches they are undertaking.
Membership also gives you access to a range of useful materials:
Dissenter Cemetery administration documentation from 1924 to 1985
A large collection of Bridgwater postcards
A handy list of Bridgwater reference books
Notes on the other burial grounds of Bridgwater
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