Records of the York Cemetery Company

Scope and Content

This collection mainly contains financial and operational records including burial registers, grave plan books, ledgers, cash books and various accounts books as well as day books and diaries of interments. Also includes correspondence, plans and title deeds leading up to the company's liquidation in 1966 and the subsequent development and ongoing management of the Cemetery by York Cemetery Trust and the Friends of York Cemetery.

Administrative / Biographical History

York Cemetery became the chief cemetery in York after the pre-existing city burial grounds were closed in 1854, and was subsequently extended several times. An additional site was opened in Fulford in 1915 which also took military burials. The company went into voluntary liquidation in 1966 and management passed to the Crown. It remained derelict until the establishment of the York Cemetery Trust in 1987.

Conditions Governing Access

Material is available subject to the usual terms and conditions of access to Archives and Local History collections.

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Archivist's Note

Compiled by Francesca Taylor, Community Collections Assistant, June 2015.

Conditions Governing Use

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Appraisal Information

A small amount of low level financial information such as receipts and routine correspondence has been appraised and weeded from this collection.