Monumental Inscriptions, Cemetery and Undertakers' Records
For some churchyards there are monumental inscriptions or gravestone inscriptions available. The inscriptions could provide further information such as birth dates and family relationships. Information Sheet 8: Monumental Inscriptions is a complete list of the transcriptions that we hold.
To trace any burial after 1853, you will need to consult cemetery records rather than burial registers. By the mid 19th century, London churchyards were full to overflowing. To rectify this problem the 1850 Metropolitan Interment Act allowed parishes to buy land outside London to provide new cemeteries. After the 1853 Burial Act, burials no longer took place in churchyards, but in the surrounding cemeteries. Information Sheet 7: Cemetery Registers is a list of cemeteries and crematoria used by the City of Westminster, Marylebone and Paddington and the location of their registers.
Contact details for the modern cemetery department is available through the Cemeteries Department.
Funeral records can help identifying precisely where an individual is buried. Burials very often took place many miles from where individuals died. These records can also contain a wealth of information; records can include the deceased's name, age, date of death and place of burial, as well as funeral items supplied. We hold the records of William Tookey and Sons, Marylebone High Street; William Garstin and Sons, Wigmore Street; T Vigers and Co, 9 Eccleston Street; and J H Kenyon Ltd, 45/47 Edgware Road.
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