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Epsom Cemetery

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Epsom cemetery is managed by Epsom and Ewell Borough Council.

The Surrey Monumental Inscriptions index has around 400 names from war graves in this cemetery.

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Friends of Surrey Cemeteries (Surrey Cemeteries: a survey, 2012):

Ashley Road B290, Downs Road, Epsom. Opened 1871. 24 acres. Twin chapels and lodge. Epsom & Ewell Borough Council, The Parade, Epsom, KT18 5BP. 01372 723 237.

Board formed 31 May 1869 under terms of Burials (beyond the metropolis) Act 1853. Originally intended to purchase 3 acres of manorial land at Epsom Common from John Briscoe, Lord of the Manor but could not agree vendor’s terms.

BB purchased 7a 3r 34p from Thomas Biggs Charles John Langlands and Charles Wood on 15 Aug 1870 (trustees for late Alexander Wood’s estate). Owned and managed by the council from this date (technically council from June 1895). Extended 1924 – 5 acres to the south purchased 27 Feb 1924. 4.53 acres purchased 21 Feb 1935. Total area 24 acres plus reserve space now with 3 areas = traditional, lawn and garden of remembrance. Competition for design of entry gates, lodge house and 2 chapels won by William Young, partner of Robert Milton Shaw of 3 Crooked Lane, London.

Single chapel seats 70. Grants sold for 40 years now. Still has public graves. Front rows of plots priced separately to rest of areas. Consecrated, unconsecrated and catholic areas.

1st burial 15 Jun 1871 – Elizabeth Dorling wife of Rev Henry Dorling, clerk of Epsom Racecourse. Grave £7.7/-6d. In 1872 76 burials, now circa 250 p/a. Pauper graves for 13 people up to 25ft deep (now max of 4 per plot). Some old graves with 45 children.

In May 1925 the CWGC memorial was unveiled by Lord Ashcombe, Lord Lieutenant of Surrey.

  • SHC 6717/1/1 registers 1871-1999 on films 15-18. Includes separate registers for stillbirths and ashes. Name, description, age, place of death, date of burial.
  • SHC 6717/4/1-9 indexes : alphabetical within each period on films 14-15 giving name, burial register number, grave register number, Purchased grave register number.
  • SHC 6717/5/1 recent guide book. This refers to a chapel although earlier maps show 2 chapels in addition to 2 lodges and mortuary. SHC 6158/3/2 plan
  • SHC 6896/roll 13 plan of extension 1974.
  • SHC 6000/3/26, 27, 28, 29, 30 committee minutes covering consecration of extended areas, charging for Horton hospital burials and consecration of RC area (1861 square yards in 1955 plot V. In 1934 there was a proposal to build a crematorium in the middle of plots MNOP but this did not succeed, possibly due to housing being within 200 yards of this point by then.
  • SHC 614.6 Brochure not dated but 0171 telephone number and refers to British Rail so probably 80s.

Bourne Hall Museum at Ewell has a Grant Index for the period 1874-1973 in its local history section.

Visited 2005. Topple testing in progress – many fine crosses laid down. Nice plantings, chapel and generally well kept. Planning application to convert Lodge to residence.
Epsom Cemetery is in the Ancient Parishan Ancient Parish is a Church of England parish which, until the 19th century, had both ecclesiastical and civil functions of Epsom St. Martin.

West Surrey Family History Society CD10 (The Surrey Burial Index - 2nd edition 2009) has burial records for: WSFHS CD 15(Surrey Baptisms Not in the IGI) has baptismal records for WSFHS CD 18 Metropolitan Surrey Burials Index (including some Rural Parishes) has burial records for WSFHS CD44 Some Ancient Parishes in the Epsom district has burial records for: Epsom St. Martin from 1813 to 1876, Marriages from 1695 to 1838 and Burials from 1695 to 1866

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Epsom is in the Epsom and Ewell District of Surrey

Unless otherwise stated the dates for the creation of parishes are taken from Youngs, Frederick. A. Guide to the Administrative Units of England; Royal Historical Society: London, 1979 volume 1 Southern England.

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