Members’ Visit to Spital Cemetery in Chesterfield

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The oldest grave is that of a late 12th or early 13th century priest whose remains were reinterred in 2001

On July 20, 2019, members of the Historical Society visited the Spital Cemetery in Chesterfield for a guided tour of the first public cemetery in the town.

It was opened in August 1857 in response to a need for burial spaces for a rapidly increasing (and dying!) population.  It also responded to the demands of non-conformists who did not wish to be buried in accordance with the rites of the Church of England.  Initially there was no provision for Catholics but in 1859 land was consecrated for their burial.

You can read a full account of this fascinating visit here and also find out more about the cemetery on the Friends of Spital Cemetery website.

 

 

 

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