Bury me on t'ill wit' kids

Little known facts about Glossop Cemetery
Over 31,000 people are buried at Glossop Cemetery, which was first known as Allman's Heath Burial Ground and opened in 1853. This number includes 6,591 children and the ashes of 639 people buried there since 1968, but does not include mass reinterments from graveyards elsewhere in Glossop.


Between July 1859 and the end of 1870, 729 children were buried at Glossop cemetery, an average of about 66 children per year. Almost a quarter (24%) of all burials  at Glossop cemetery in these years were of infants under 1 year old. Under 5s accounted for 39% of burials and in total 46% of burials were of children under 16. Over 50% of people were buried before they were 20 and over 80% of people were buried by the time they were 60. Just 9% of burials were of people aged 71 or over, and 0.2% of burials were of people over 90.

In contrast, between 2000 and 2009 infants represented 1% of burials, and children 1.6% of the total. 67% of burials were of people aged 71 or more and 9% were of people aged 91 or older. However in 160 years only 15 people aged 100 or over have been buried at Glossop Cemetery.

 In its first decade 1,587 people were buried at Glossop Cemetery, and by the end of the 19th century over 300 people per year were being buried there. That number had more than halved by the 1960s and has remained fairly constant since.

Not everybody who dies in Glossop is buried in Glossop Cemetery, and many people are not buried at all. Manchester had a crematorium as early as 1892, and the Duckinfield crematorium opened in 1953.

Child mortality rates (under 5 years) in the UK are about 5 per 1,000 live births. This rate is higher than Singapore or Sweden (3 per 1,000 live births) but lower than  Angola (164), Chad (150), Nigeria (124) and almost everywhere else on Earth. Even Sierra Leone (182) now has lower child mortality than Glossop had in the 1860s.

On a lighter note, Joseph Ugly was buried at Glossop cemetery in January 1885 at the relatively ripe age of 69. He had a funny surname.

Image by Jane Coop under Creative Commons Licence 

The database that this analysis was based on covers 1859 to May 2011 and can be found at: http://www.highpeak.gov.uk/sites/default/files/documents/pages/Copy%20of%20Glossop%20Cemetery%20-%20Surname%20Order.pdf.xls
I call it a database but it is actually a partial roll call of Glossop's dead and it is likely to stir deep emotion.

Child mortality data from http://data.worldbank.org/indicator/SH.DYN.MORT

Some older records:
Burial records from St James in Whitfield from about 1840 to 1899 are available at http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~dusk/whitfield_st.james_bur.html#d1840

Burial records from Glossop Parish Church 1781-1800 from http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~dusk/glossop_burials_1781-1800/glossop_burials_1781-1800.html


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