If you cannot find a burial in the records of local churches, please bear in mind the opening of local municipal/public cemeteries. The date listed below in the table is the first year of operation.
There are also public cemeteries in nearby Rugby, (from 1861 – see Rugby FHG publications) and Coventry (from 1847 – see Coventry FHS publications).
|Name||Date Opened||Current Operating Organisation|
|Atherstone Sheepy Road #||1870||Atherstone Town Council|
|Bedworth Coventry Road *||1874||Nuneaton & Bedworth Borough Council|
|Glascote||1874||Tamworth Borough Council|
|Oaston Road *||1875||Nuneaton & Bedworth Borough Council|
|Wilnecote Old||1875||Tamworth Borough Council|
|Wigginton||1876||Tamworth Borough Council|
|Sutton Coldfield||1881||Birmingham City Council|
|Hartshill||1883||Hartshill Parish Council|
|Attleborough *||1893||Nuneaton & Bedworth Borough Council|
|Coleshill||1893||Coleshill Town Council|
|Bucks Hill *||1913||Nuneaton & Bedworth Borough Council|
|Amington||1914||Tamworth Borough Council|
|Wilnecote New||1935||Tamworth Borough Council|
|Marston Lane||1952||Nuneaton & Bedworth Borough Council|
The Cremation Society of England was founded in 1874 with the first crematorium opening in Surrey just four years later, although it was 26 March 1886 before the first cremation took place.
In Britain, it was 1885 before it was legal to cremate a body, but it was not until 1902 that an Act of Parliament enabled the building of crematoria by cemetery operators.
In the twentieth century particularly, if you cannot find the burial of family members and have checked both church burial registers for the appropriate area, the relevant municipal cemetery burial registers and the local newspapers for any family announcements, then you must consider cremation.
In order of opening: Selly Oak – Lodge Hill [1930s]; Canley, Coventry ; Yardley ; Solihull ; Sutton Coldfield ; Nuneaton