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Offline brichcja

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Re: Halfway Cemetery, Sheppey
« Reply #10 on: December 29, 2014, 22:44:07 »
I found this in the Lambeth Palace Library (Tait 164, ff192). I suspect it refers to what is now known as the Halfway Cemetery in Sheerness. Henry Hilton was Rural Dean of Sittingbourne. http://homepage.ntlworld.com/kevin.young7/n_335.html has a reference to a Mr Brightman, estate agent.

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Milstead Rectory Oct 30th 1869

My Lord Archbishop

The enclosed letters from Mr Smith and Mr Cullen will explain to your Grace how matters stand with regard to the proposed New Church and the Sheerness Cemetery.

The progress of the former is as satisfactory as we could reasonably expect: I am sorry that an engagement at a meeting of the Trustees of ? ? on Tuesday last prevented my attendance at Sheerness on that day, as I should have opposed the proposed alteration in the appeal as premature if not undesirable, for it would be very difficult to raise an adequate stipend for the Incumbent if we fail in obtaining a grant from the Ecclesiastical Commissioners. I have suggested to Mr Smith an alteration to this effect. In the event of this Endowment being obtained all the Sittings in the proposed Church will be entirely free one half of them under any circumstances! I have but small data from which to form an opinion but I do not think that the sittings should be entirely unappropriated as a regular worshipper would prefer a regular seat and the mixing of uncongenial persons, such as a smoker with a non--smoker, in close proximity would be unpleasant and injurious to devotion. At all events it will not be well, I think, to promise in an appeal what may be difficult to carry out afterwards.

With regard to the Cemetery I cannot say that the prospect is so satisfactory. I have made what enquiries I could and asked Mr Brightman a house agent's money lender and a chief man among the dissenters and one of the proprietors of this Cemetery (in ignorance of Mr Cullens having already asked the same question) whether their board would agree to the consecration of part of their burial ground he "thought not" but as he led me to suppose that he himself would not strongly oppose either that or the New Church I wrote to their Secretary Mr Cole but have not yet received a reply. I do not see how Mr Cullen's suggestion can be carried out, as no doubt the Board of Ordnance would refuse us ground for that purpose even if the Law allows of a new Burial ground so near to a dense population. For the reasons given in Mr Cullen's letter it would seem undesirable to continue Mr Bryant's license to perform the burial service in unconsecrated ground but if your Grace should withdraw it it will increase the influence of Dissent as doubtless many Church people will continue to bury their dead where many of their friends are already interred, and I conclude that there would be no power to compel the parishioners if compulsion is wise to have a burial ground in another situation as long as there is room in the Cemetery at the Minster I have no doubt that Mr Guise's statement of the feelings of the Sheerness people on this point is substantially correct and sad it is to believe it.

I have reason to fear from what Mr Brightman told me that Dr Willis is likely again to get into pecuniary difficulties, which from the smallness of his income a wiser man man he would have difficulty in avoiding. He is undeserving, I fear, from past misconduct of any assistance from the Ecclesiastical Commissioners, but if they can aid him which the issue of the commission leads me to infer, it might save a further scandal to the Church altho' I believe that his want of credit is his only safeguard. I have the honour to be Your Grace's faithful servant

Henry Hilton

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Re: Halfway Cemetery, Sheppey
« Reply #9 on: October 26, 2011, 09:49:19 »
Thank you for your posting.  These burial records are now online on the Penney website with Sheppey information.

I found the library in Sheerness very helpful in checking out the newspapers for me for an obituary.  They did not find one that we have an actual clipping of (undated) but  did find a couple of other peoples though and emailed me a copy.  They are prepared to spend so many minutes time researching personal requests.  Obits in those days were full of detail even down to who attended the funeral and who sent flowers!

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Re: Halfway Cemetery, Sheppey
« Reply #8 on: June 20, 2011, 20:38:02 »
These notes were written 20 years ago .Some of the data may be out of date !!

CEMETARY RECORDS FROM HALFWAY ,SHEERNESS,KENT.
BOOKS OF DEATH

BOOK  ONE APRI L 1857  TO  SEPTEMBER 1869
BOOK  TWO  SEPTEMBER 1869  TO 1911
BOOK THREE  JAN 1911 TO  DEC 1923
BOOK  FOUR  MAR 1923  TO MAR  1951.

 

THERE ARE TWO SETS OF THESE RECORDS. I HAD ACCESS TO THE BEST SET EXCEPT FOR BOOK THREE. HENCE DATES MAY NOT RUN CORRECTLY.

THESE BOOKS WERE KEPT IN THE POTTING SHED AT THE CEMETARY IN A VERY DIRTY DESK. THESE MAY BE HELD BY THE LIBRARY IN RUSSELL STREET. ASK FOR THE BEST SET.!!!

THIS DATA WAS COPIED FROM THE ORIGINAL BOOKS.THE DEPTH OF GRAVE, LOCATION ETC WAS NOT NOTED.

PLEASE CHECK THE ORIGINALS FOR ANY ERRORS. ETC,.

PLEASE CHECK ANY DATA USED.IT HAS NOT BEEN CHECKED AND WAS COMPILED FOR USE BY COLIN PENNEY.

COLUMN  ONE;-IS THE NAME OF THE PERSON (F) DENOTES FEMALE (M) DENOTES          MALE.

.COLUMN TWO;- IS THE AGE OF THE PERSON.(O) DENOTES AGED ONE YEAR OR                       UNDER.

COLUMN THREE;-    IS THE ADDRESS.

COLUMN FOUR ;-    IS THE OCCUPATION ,WHERE KNOWN.

COLUMN FIVE;-    IS THE DATE WHEN BURIED.     

 

 

IN ALL OF THESE RECORDS I TRY TO USE;-

S/N =SHEERNESS

Q/B =QUEENBOROUGH

E/C =EASTCHURCH.

B/T =BLUETOWN

  CHAPMAN CODES ARE USED MOST TIMES.

SOME RECORDS  ARE VERY DIFFICULT TO READ .

ST.PAULS CHURCH WAS AT B/T.     PC MINSTER DENOTES PARISH CHURCH AT MINSTER.

AROUND THE 1910 DEATHS I NOTED A FEW ADDRESSES WERE GIVEN AS "CLIFF HOUSE" THIS IS THE TIME THE TOWN WAS TRYING TO CHANGE THE NAME OF THE WORKHOUSE.

I NOTED  SOME PAGES WERE MISSING E.G. AUG 1896 TO APRIL 1904 ;SEPT 1895 TO JAN 1896 SEP AND OCT 1909.

IN MY RECORD OF BIRTHS THE EARLY BIRTHS ONLY GAVE THE FATHERS NAME ONLY.SOME LATER RECORDS GAVE BOTH PARENTS,

O DENOTES STILL BORN, T DENOTES TWINS  B DENOTES BAPTISMS   

 WHILE SEARCHING FOR MY FAMILY IN THE LOCAL (SHEERNESS) LIBRARY I NOTED THEY HAD TWO SETS OF HARD COPIES (SHEERNESS TIMES AND THE SHEERNESS GUARDIANS) BUT NOT THE COMPLETE SETS. AT ONE STAGE THESE BOOKS WERE SENT TO SITTINGBOURNE LIBRARY  IN CASE OF FLOODING ,THEN THEY WERE RETUNED .  THE COMPLETE SETS OF BOTH  LOCAL NEWSPAPER WERE ON MICRO FILMAND  THE ODD HARD COPIES WERE THEN GIVEN TO THE LOCAL HISTORY SOCIETY.

The solution to every problem is a.) time , or  b.) another problem.

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Re: Halfway Cemetery, Sheppey
« Reply #7 on: January 17, 2011, 13:41:47 »
I was told when I was a young lad that if a grave was not tended for x number of years the site was taken over by the Council and another body could then  be buried on the top of the coffin already there . The original coffin being quite deep .
What this true , if so there is plenty of room for more burials .
The solution to every problem is a.) time , or  b.) another problem.

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Re: Halfway Cemetery, Sheppey
« Reply #6 on: October 28, 2010, 18:48:36 »
I don't think it will last 10 years.  Last summer I was told by the worker there that there were only around 70 spaces left!

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Re: Halfway Cemetery, Sheppey
« Reply #5 on: November 13, 2009, 15:01:11 »
No problem, thank you for the offer  :)

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Re: Halfway Cemetery, Sheppey
« Reply #4 on: November 13, 2009, 14:39:12 »
I have the index of Halfway Cemetery on CD-Rom the Kent Family History Society. If kyn doesn't mind i'm will to do look-ups. Please 'pm' me for this, don't leave messages here. I will need surname, forenames and approximate date.

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Re: Halfway Cemetery, Sheppey
« Reply #3 on: November 13, 2009, 14:11:33 »

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Re: Halfway Cemetery, Sheppey
« Reply #2 on: October 09, 2009, 17:25:06 »
Thanks for that.  I have a whole gang of rellies buried there. Any chance of photo fo what is on rest of board? famous people buried there perchance?

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