Early History of Municipal Cemeteries

- Speaker Richard Clarke


15 Whitefriargate, Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, HU1 2ER


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 ongoing. Municipal cemeteries were ‘places of resort’, a green space, appealing to visitors as well as mourners. They were strictly regulated and provided considerable employment.

They remain valuable ‘places of resort’.


Event Times

Friday 10 September: 15:00

Booking Details

No booking required

Access

Stairs to first floor only.

COVID-19 Considerations

This event will run in line with local & national government guidelines at the time of the festival.

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15 WHITEFRIARGATE, HULL, EAST YORKSHIRE, HU1 2ER