Catholic burial places

Started by: Helen Heaton (3)

I have Catholic ancestors who died in Wigan in 1851 and 1853. In the 1851 census they were living near Wallgate station. Does anyone have any ideas where they might be buried? Cheers, Helen

Started: 5th Mar 2021 at 14:47

Posted by: momac (11790) 

Helen,I should think it would be Gidlow Cemetery.
I was brought up in Wallgate and my parents and grandparents are all buried in Gidlow..good luck.

Replied: 5th Mar 2021 at 18:39

Posted by: Helen Heaton (3)

That's brilliant! Many thanks - I'll try there. Helen

Replied: 5th Mar 2021 at 19:14

Posted by: momac (11790) 

Helen,if you haven't already,go to google on 'Gidlow cemetery find a grave'..hope you find them.

Replied: 5th Mar 2021 at 21:14

Posted by: tonker (24059) 

There's also Westwood, Ince and Wigan. I think all three are cemeteries.

Replied: 5th Mar 2021 at 21:54

Posted by: momac (11790) 

They are Tonks but if you look at the gravestones in the Catholic area at Gidlow,there's hundreds from Wallgate.

Replied: 5th Mar 2021 at 22:05

Posted by: geraldine long (100)

Gidlow Cemetery was only opened 1948
my grandma always referred to it as the new Cemetery.
Many Catholics in the 1850s were buried in the Parish Church graveyard

Replied: 6th Mar 2021 at 07:55

Posted by: momac (11790) 

Thanks for that Geraldine,I'm going to read all about that later.

Replied: 6th Mar 2021 at 08:49

Posted by: geraldine long (100)

St John RC Standishgate also has some burial records Transcribed by On line Parish Clerks up to 1887 that cover the area through the town centre down as far as the bottom of Wallgate

Replied: 6th Mar 2021 at 09:07

Posted by: momac (11790) 

Thank you Geraldine,I hope Helen reads all this..I've since seen a photo of the gravestones before the whole area was made into the garden in the Parish Church grounds,strange isn't it,I used to go in their with my boyfriend as a teenager,and never knew but the more you think about it,all burials took place in the Chrurch grounds many years ago,and can still be seen throughout the countryside.

Replied: 6th Mar 2021 at 09:59

Posted by: Helen Heaton (3)

Helen here, thanks for all the replies. It looks like I'll have to try and find out which was the nearest parish church open at the time. The burials for my ancestors are not on Lancs OPC or any of the subscription databases. I've also looked at what parish records are at the Record Office and can't see anything helpful there. I've discovered it wasn't the one in Caroline st? which seems closest (apologies, I'm not local and working from Google maps). The search continues ... Cheers, Helen

Replied: 6th Mar 2021 at 13:58

Posted by: tonker (24059) 

Replied: 6th Mar 2021 at 18:17

Posted by: momac (11790) 

Aww,that's where I spent an awful lot of time growing up,choir,weekday mass,Sunday School,and Sunday morning mass.

Replied: 6th Mar 2021 at 19:12

Posted by: monome (231)

Helen go to "stuff" at top of the page scroll down to Wigan Cemetry, left hand side, if you put in a surname it lists many burials from 1850's from the wallgate and other parts of Wigan. Hope you find what you are looking for.

Replied: 6th Mar 2021 at 19:41

Posted by: i-spy (15034) 

Lots of Catholic burials at. Ince..what were the Heaton family names.My gran and mother were Heatons.

Replied: 14th Mar 2021 at 13:25

Posted by: winnie (1367) 

my family were catholic and lived in that area they attended St Patricks and a the moment there are no records on line for that church

Replied: 14th Mar 2021 at 19:58


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