Burial Records for St. Mary’s Cemetery – Priory Road
In the Cemetery across the road from the church is a parcel of land which belongs to
St. Mary’s Church that is divided in to three sections, North, South and Old burial
which is also known as the Gatty Hall section due to the closeness of it to the

While doing research for people looking for burials in the Cemetery Linda and I took
on the task of surveying the area. As we had surveyed the St. Mary’s Churchyard
previously we had an idea of what was required to do the task. We knew the
Cemetery was a lot larger than the Churchyard and a lot more work would be needed
in clearing the headstones in order for us to find the inscription wrote upon them.

We planned to record the inscriptions and use with the information taken with the
Ecclesfield Burial books to be used at a later date in compiling a register of burials
which could be accessed by the general public to use. We started recording the
inscriptions from the headstones, each plot in turn, row after row covering the area
until the weather conditions of rain, hail, and eventuality snow left us too cold to
continue. In the remaining of the year we would use our time by checking our records
matching names to headstones and plot numbers from the maps. This became a
bigger job than we envisaged as at times names did not match up to plots numbers,
so more work had to be undertaken viva the headstones and  Church records or with
another visit to the Sheffield Archives. More time was taken up when people would
approach us while we were working in the Cemetery asking us for help in finding a
family headstone.

As the years went by we finalized our work and recorded it on to the computer. Mr
Peter Lonsborough from Ecclesfield Church helped us with the final composition of
our work and has updated a map which relates to what can be seen on in the
Cemetery.  We have helped many people in finding their relatives graves over the
years, many who have been researching their family ancestry.

Now by accessing the St. Mary’s Website they will be able to obtain the information
they require to continue with their family tree and visit their loved ones graves. Our
work has taken six years to complete from start to finish and we have met some
lovely people from all over the world who have become our friends which we meet up
with on their visits to the Church.

Mrs J. Fell & Mrs L. Smith              February 2017
Downloadable Burial Records

The Excel Spreadsheet is only available for download as the full version
Consolidated_Burial_Records.xlsx – size 440 KB

However there are three PDF versions - For people who don’t have or use Excel

The full length version - A to Z
Consolidated_Burial_Records.pdf – size 4.05 MB

And two abbreviated versions
Consolidated_Burial_Records_A_to_I.pdf - size 2.11 MB

Consolidated_Burial_Records_J_to_Z.pdf – size 2.10 MB
User Notes For The Burial Records

The Spreadsheet and PDF files below contain a total of 6320 Records covering the Old Burial Ground,
Burial Ground South Parts 1 & 2 and Burial Ground North Parts 1 & 2

The records are sorted by
SURNAME, then by PLOT NO and then by FIRST NAME
to ensure all family burials are grouped together

LINE (CELL) background colours YELLOW, WHITE, PINK or BLUE
indicate the location area on the corresponding plan/s

In the
AGE column suffix:    Inf = Infant     d = days     w = weeks     m = months     Their age at time of death

ABODE column indicates the domicile (if known) at time of death

INDEX the left hand (index) column has been left empty for your own reference to be added
Plans of the Burial Grounds
See the outline plan below

These are available in four versions:

A PDF file showing the full plan of the areas
Plan_Showing_Churchyard_Burial_Sections_V2_Small.pdf - size 2.42 MB

And three image .jpg files

The full plan as shown below
Plan_Showing_Churchyard_Burial_Sections_V2.jpg – size 4.51 MB

One covering the area of the Burial Ground South and North – Yellow and White Sections
BGSN_Pts1and2_Yellow_and_White.jpg – size 1.33 MB

And this one covering the area of the Old Burial Ground – Pink and Blue Sections
OBG_Pts3and4_Pink_and_Blue.jpg - size 1.72 MB

These last two will print out on A4 (Landscape) with easy to read plot numbers

NB: For the best viewing experience we recommend that you download and save these files first.
As some browsers use built in PDF viewers that do not support the searching of PDF files
Please note that we do not hold any information in respect of the remaining areas of
the cemetery, for information on these areas you need to contact
Sheffield Bereavement Services
Or the Sheffield Archives
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St. Mary’s Cemetery - An Introduction
Burial Records for over 6000 individuals interred in the St Mary's Section of Ecclesfield
Cemetery from 1875 Onwards
Click on Headstone to visit the Churchyard Burials Page
Caveat - Please Note:

  • Although we are aware of some burials we cannot confirm verbatim the names in all the plots, as an
    example the workhouse graves.

  • Names that appear in the Ecclesfield Burial Books only indicate they had a service in St. Mary's Church but
    not always buried in the local Cemetery. Interment may have taken place in another local cemetery.

  • Any information obtained from the general public which help us define a name to a grave number will be
    added to the register at a later date.

Please contact us using this email address
if you believe a record needs updating.
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St. Mary's Cemetery - Priory Road - How it came to be

It was on the 1st April, 1873, that the Archbishop of York consecrated the additional cemetery
across the road.

The land was owned and was given by the Duke of Norfolk who, in spite of the fact that he was a
member of the Roman Catholic faith, took a personal interest in the happenings of the parish.
He was asked, for 'God's acre' and that is the area that was given.

The cost of building the walls, which amounted to £331-19s-3d, was raised by voluntary contribution,
the iron gates were given by Mrs. Smith of Barnes Hall, and the evergreens and lime trees planted
by the wall sides were the offerings of Mr. W. H. Strouts, a churchwarden who was later buried there.

Having seen the' muddle and confusion of the graves of the old churchyard the Vicar was
determined that this should not happen in the new acre. He consulted the clerk to the Burngreave
Burial Board who advised that the whole ground be mapped on a plan and every grave plot be
numbered, so that the Sexton could preserve due regularity in the interments. It was ruled that no
new grave was to be dug at a less depth than eight feet.