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User Guide 1 - Cemeteries & Crematoria
Revised June 2004

By the mid-nineteenth century, church graveyards were beginning to pose serious health risks due to overcrowding.

The Burial Acts of 1852 and 1853 enabled local authorities to administer their own cemeteries. Parish vestries elected Burial Boards to manage them.

This user guide outlines those cemetery records held here which will yield information about individual persons. Such records include burial registers, grave books and monumental inscriptions. Other cemetery records such as cash books, letter books etc, are not indicated. This guide also includes registers of cremations at some local crematoria.

Most of these records are available on microfilm and a microfilm reader should be booked in advance.

Please note, it is not normally possible to produce unlisted collections for consultation in the Search Room.

Gateshead Cemeteries

Newcastle Cemeteries

North Tyneside Cemeteries

South Tyneside Cemeteries

Sunderland Cemeteries



(Burial Registers/Grave Books)


  • Blaydon Cemetery:
    Indexes to burials 1873-1998
    Burial registers 1873-1998
    Graves registers 1873-1998
    Burial registers, stillborn children 1927-1976
    List of service personnel in privately owned graves 1918-1956 (MF)
  • Blaydon, Hookergate Cemetery:
    Indexes to burials and graves 1957-1998
    Burial registers 1957-1998
    Grave registers 1957- 1998 (MF)
  • Gateshead, East Cemetery:
    Indexes to burials 1862-1998
    Burial registers 1862-1998
    Stillborn children's burials register 1927-1976
    Graves registers 1862-1998 (MF)

  • Gateshead, Saltwell Cemetery:
    Indexes to burials 1905-1998
    Burial registers 1905-1998
    Graves registers 1905-1998
    Registers of burials of stillborn children 1927-1998
    List of service personnel in privately owned graves 1918-1956 (MF)

  • Greenside Cemetery:
    Indexes to burials 1976-1998
    Burial registers 1949-1998
    Graves registers 1949-1998 (MF)

  • Heworth Cemetery:
    Indexes to burials 1941-1998
    Burial registers 1941-1998
    Graves registers 1941-1998 (MF)

  • Heworth St Mary Churchyard:
    Burial registers 1964-1998 (MF)

  • Ryton Cemetery:
    Indexes to burials 1884-1998
    Burial registers 1884-1998
    Graves registers 1884-1998
    Register of service burials (war graves) 1940-1947 (MF)

  • Stella, St Cuthbert: Burials, see Blaydon Cemetery

  • Whickham, Garden House Cemetery:
    Indexes to burials 1920- 1945, 1962-1998
    Burial registers 1916-1998
    Graves registers 1916-1998 (MF)

  • Windy Nook, St Alban Churchyard:
    Burials registers 1966-1987 (MF)

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  • Ballast Hills:
    List of gravestones [compiled 1929]
    Burial registers 1792-1853
    Monumental inscriptions 1707-1817 Ref: CE/BA (MF)

  • Byker and Heaton:
    Indexes to burial registers 1890-1998
    Burial registers 1893-1998
    Purchased graves 1890-1956
    Grave register F-K 1986-1998
    Index of Jewish burials 1864-1990
    File relating to Jewish section (including grave plans) 1959-1968 Ref: CE/BH, CE/JW, C/NC84 (MF)
    [Depositor's consent is required for access to the Jewish records.]

  • Fenham (St Nicholas):
    Indexes to burial registers c1858- c1945, 1954-1998
    Burial register 1858-1998
    Grave books 1858-1873
    Purchased graves 1858-1928 Ref: CE/SN (MF)

  • Gosforth Cemetery:
    Notices of interment A-Z 1951; A-Z 1954 Ref: CE/GO

  • Hollywood:
    Indexes to burials 1943-1998
    Graves registers 1943-1998
    Burial registers 1943-1998
    Register of stillborn children 1867-1918 (MF)

  • Jesmond (All Saints):
    Indexes to burials 1909-1998
    Burials 1857-1998
    Grave books 1857-1998
    Index to register of purchased graves c1864-1986
    Purchased graves 1858-1956
    Graves registers 1873-1998 Ref: CE/AS (MF)

  • Jesmond (Newcastle General Cemetery):
    Index to burials 1857- 1998
    Burial registers 1836-1998
    Grave registers 1839-1997
    Register of stillborn children 1882-1978
    Grave index 1843- 1949 Ref: CE/JE (MF)
    [This cemetery was/is also referred to as the Old Cemetery]

  • Jesmond (St Andrews and Jesmond):
    Index to burials c1857- 1998
    Burials 1857-1998
    Purchased graves 1862-1932
    Graves registers 1857-1998 Ref: CE/AJ (MF)

  • Lemington:
    Indexes to burials 1906-1998
    Burial registers 1906-1998
    Graves registers 1906-1998
    War graves registers 1941-1945
    Register of stillborn children 1910-1973 (MF)

  • Newcastle General Cemetery: See Jesmond (Newcastle General Cemetery)

  • North Gosforth:
    Burial registers 1878-1998
    Graves register 1878-1998 (MF)

  • Ravensworth Synagogue: See St John's Westgate and Elswick Cemetery (pre c1920) and Hazelrigg Cemetery (post c1920) Ref CE/JW

  • South Gosforth: - See burials for St Nicholas, Gosforth (see User Guide 2: Church of England Parish Registers.)

  • West Road:
    Indexes to burials 1935-1998
    Burial registers 1934-1998
    Graves registers 1934-1998 (MF)

  • Westgate Hill:
    Register of burials 1829-1957
    Index to burials 1829-1857
    Purchased vaults and graves c1829-1923 Ref: CE/WGH (Part MF)

  • Westgate (St Johns Westgate and Elswick) :
    Indexes to burial registers c1857-1998
    Burials 1857-1998
    Purchased graves 1857-1927
    Graves registers 1858-1998
    Records relating to Jewish section 1859-1958
    Index of Jewish burials 1864-1990 Ref: CE/JWE, CE/JW (part MF)
    [Depositor's consent is required for access to the Jewish records.]

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North Tyneside

  • Dudley Cemetery:
    Registers of burials 1934-1995
    Indexed grave register [including purchased and reserved graves] 1939-1996 (MF)

  • Earsdon Cemetery:
    Registers of burials 1938-1995
    Indexed war graves 1940-1943
    Index to burials 1938-1995 (MF)

  • Hazelrigg Jewish Cemetery:
    Index of burials 1864-1990 Ref: CE/JW
    [Depositor's consent is required for access to these records.] Ravensworth Terrace Synagogue burials took place at Hazelrigg Cemetery from c1920 onwards (earlier ones took place at St Johns Westgate and Elswick Cemetery).

  • Longbenton Cemetery:
    Registers of burials 1936-1995
    Indexes to burials 1974-1995 (MF)

  • Preston Cemetery, North Shields:
    Registers of burials 1856- 1995
    Burials of stillborn children 1935-1984
    Indexes to burials 1856-1995 (MF)

  • Tynemouth General Cemetery:
    Register of interments 1834-1892
    Registers of burials 1856-1896
    Index of burials 1863
    Register of graves and vaults 1833-1890
    Sextons books 1833- 1939 Ref: T274 (Part MF)

  • Wallsend Holy Cross Cemetery:
    Registers of burials 1918-1995
    Indexes to burials 1918-1995 (MF)

  • Whitley Bay Cemetery:
    Registers of burials 1913-1995, indexes to burials 1913-1995 (MF)

  • Willington, Church Bank Cemetery:
    General burials 1879-1995
    Consecrated burials 1886-1911
    Registers of burials of stillborn children 1879-1906
    Burial indexes 1879-1995
    Indexes to consecrated burials 1897-1934
    Graves registers 1879-1911 Ref: CE/CB (MF)

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South Tyneside

  • Boldon Cemetery:
    Register of burials consecrated and unconsecrated ground nos 1-299, 1981-1988
    Register of public and private graves consecrated and unconsecrated ground various sections c1912-1988
    Register of burials old ground nos 609-1730, 1899-1975
    Register of burials consecrated ground nos 777-2353, 1890-1916
    Register of burials new ground nos 1-400, 1916-1981 (MF)

  • Hebburn Cemetery:
    Register of burials, consecrated and unconsecrated ground nos 1-26406, 1890-1988
    Register of graves books 1-2 sections A-L
    Index of burial registers - book 1 A-Z, book 2 A-Z, C, S, B
    Register of purchased graves 1916-1981, cemetery layout (MF)

  • Jarrow Cemetery:
    Register of public graves, unconsecrated ground sections T, U, V, W, X, Y, 3, 7, 5, consecrated ground sections H, II, 21, 12, 19, 23
    Indexes to burial registers A-Y
    Burial register consecrated and unconsecrated ground no's 1-329 1986-1988
    Alphabetical index books 1-5
    Burial registers consecrated and unconsecrated ground 1869-1986 (MF)

  • South Shields (Harton):
    Purchased grave book 1884-1888
    Indexes to burial registers 1891-1981
    Register of graves c1895-1987
    Register of burials 1891-1975 Ref: T179 (MF)

  • Westoe Cemetery:
    Purchased graves book 1884-1888
    Registers of burials, consecrated and unconsecrated 1856-1986
    Indexes to burial registers 1857-1979 Ref: T179 (MF)

  • Whitburn Cemetery:
    Register of burials consecrated and unconsecrated nos 1-4379, 1887-1988
    Register of public graves consecrated and unconsecrated
    Register of grave spaces consecrated
    Register of purchased graves (MF)

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  • Bishopwearmouth:
    Indexes to burials 1856-1998
    Burial registers 1856-1998
    Graves registers 1884-1998
    War graves 1915-1947 (MF)

  • Castletown:
    Indexes to burials 1967-1998
    Burial registers 1921-1998
    Graves registers 1921-1998
    War graves 1915-1947 (MF)

  • Easington Lane:
    Indexes to burials 1892-1998
    Burial registers 1892-1998
    War graves 1915-1947 (MF)

  • Hetton le Hole:
    Indexes to burials 1906-1998
    Burial registers 1891-1998
    War graves 1915-1947 (MF)

  • Houghton le Spring:
    Indexes to burials 1892-1998
    Burial registers 1892-1998
    War graves 1915-1947 (MF)

  • Mere Knolls:
    Indexes to burials 1890-1998
    Burial registers 1856-1998
    Grave registers 1890-1998
    War graves 1915-1947 (MF)

  • Ryhope:
    Indexes to burials 1898-1998
    Burial registers 1898- 1998
    Graves registers 1898-1998
    War graves 1915-1947 (MF)

  • Southwick:
    Indexes to burials 1884-1998
    Burial registers 1884-1998
    Grave registers 1884-1998
    War graves 1915-1947 (MF)

  • Sunderland:
    Indexes to burials 1858-1998
    Burial registers 1858-1998
    Graves registers 1858-1998
    War graves 1915-1947 (MF)

  • Washington:
    Indexes to burials 1902-1998
    Burial registers 1902-1998
    War graves 1915-1947 (MF)

  • Washington:
    Register of burials of stillborn children 1938- 1966 Ref: CE/WS

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[Please note there is no public access allowed to Whitley Bay cremations registers. The indexes are, however, on open access]

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