There is an interesting insight into the use of separate burial grounds for dissenters written onto the first page of the burial register for the Christchurch Independent Church that is in reference RG4/399. Unfortunately it is not possible to know who these views belonged to because the author only ever used his initials H.W.G., and nowhere else in the register did he write his full name. The same initials and statement also appears in the burial register for Ripley in the parish of Sopley.
The extract starts with :- “The Protestant Dissenters Burial Register. This book contains the names and ages of all persons buried in the Dissenters Burial ground 1817”. It then continues with :- “It is not wise in dissenters to bury their dead in what is ridiculously called consecrated ground, or in other words, to have them buried by the English Church Ministers in the Parish Churchyard. If a people leave the National Church, because they believe she is anti-christian, they ought to be made independent of the teachers of religion in that church from which they have separated”.
This could possibly explain how some people never seemed to have had a record of their death or burial if it took place in a dissenters burial ground and where either the records that were made have never survived or have remained hidden somewhere.
HGS Fair Oak Open Evening
Would you like to trace your family history but don’t know where to start? Have you started your research but hit a brick wall and don’t know where to look next? The HGS Fair Oak Group is holding an Open Evening at the St Thomas’ Church Hall, Fair Oak on Tuesday 8th October from 7:30pm […]
Headley village booklet now available
Headley, (VB104) is a large parish reduced in size by the creation of Grayshott in 1901, the creation of Whitehill civil parish in 1929 and the creation of Bordon ecclesiastical parish in 2002. Headley is 4 miles north of Liphook and 8 miles south of Farnham
Protestant Dissenters Burials Grounds
There is an interesting insight into the use of separate burial grounds for dissenters written onto the first page of the burial register for the Christchurch Independent Church that is in reference RG4/399. Unfortunately it is not possible to know who these views belonged to because the author only ever used his initials H.W.G., and […]
Review of HGS Conference Day 2019
Review of HGS Conference Day 2019 Our third conference day was held on 15th June and was attended by 150 delegates. In the luxury of the Fair Oak Suite of the Macdonald Hotel and Spa, Botley, everyone took advantage of the opportunity to catch up with old friends and meet new ones.
HGS Conference Day – Rosalind McCutcheon – Fact Sheet
The factsheet from Ros McCutcheon’s excellent talk at our recent Conference Day can be accessed via the following Link: Irish-Poor-Handout-June-2019-Ros-McCutcheon (1)