Early History of Hull’s Municipal Cemeteries - ‘Let’s think positively about cemeteries’.
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Municipal cemeteries were one of the great public health reforms of the late Victorian era. Hull Corporation was particularly progressive in this regard, the Hedon Road site being created in the late 1870s, Western Cemetery (in effect an extension of the Hull General Cemetery site) by the mid 1880s and Northern Cemetery coming ‘on stream’ by the outbreak of the Great War.
Furthermore Hull was the first local authority to build and maintain a crematorium, along with its curious columbarium. Various ‘disused burial grounds’ were also maintained.
It is hoped to tell the story of Hull’s municipal cemeteries up to the Second World War although research is on-going.
Municipal cemeteries were ‘places of resort’, a green space, appealing to visitors as well as mourners. They were strictly regulated, and provided considerable employment.
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