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Unconsecrated ground

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Jennifer Report 25 Jul 2013 15:21


Could anyone tell me why some one would be burried in unconsecrated land. My Gt Grandfather seems to have been burried this way. Thanks

Regards Jennifer


safc Report 25 Jul 2013 15:33

Consecrated ground has been blessed by the Bishop of the Church of England. There is no restriction on who may be buried on consecrated ground, but it is generally used by Church of England parishioners.

Unconsecrated ground has not previously been blessed and is available to anyone. Graves can be blessed at the time of interment by the deceased's chosen minister of religion.


KathleenBell Report 25 Jul 2013 15:35

Perhaps he wasn't a member of the Church of England. Consecrated ground is consecrated (or made sacred) by a Bishop. Most cemeteries have consecrated and unconsecrated ground. I would imagine a family could choose which area to bury their loved one.

I think at one time someone who had committed suicide would be buried in unconsecrated ground.

Kath. x


Jennifer Report 25 Jul 2013 15:42

Hi Safc and Kath

Thanks for that have his death cert does not inform of suicide so will look into it a little more.

Thanks again Jennifer


Reggie Report 25 Jul 2013 16:33

Consecrated ground does not only apply to the Church of England..............


mgnv Report 25 Jul 2013 17:33

Many cemeteries in the north of England have catholic sections - presumably consecrated by the local RC bishop. Here's a set of examples from Wigan:

Surname Forename Age Place of Death Date Year Notes Grave Cremation Religion
Smith Sarah 4 yrs 19 Wiend 22-Nov 1856 E 394 * Un-cons
Smith Matthew 6 yrs 18 Hallgate St. 03-Mar 1857 M 165 * C of E
Smith John 51 yrs 33 Coop St. Scholes 18-May 1858 E 642 R C


Andysmum Report 25 Jul 2013 21:49

My great grandfather was buried in unconsecrated ground in the municipal cemetery.

I was told by the local librarian that this almost certainly meant that he was a non-conformist - either Presbyterian or Welsh Baptist.


Jennifer Report 27 Jul 2013 11:27

Hi Thanks everyone for info will get in touch with cemetery see what was the reason.
Thanks again
:-) :-)


wisechild Report 27 Jul 2013 12:58

Perhaps he was an atheist & was buried there at his own request.
before the days of cremation, most denominations had their own burial grounds, as did Jews.