History and Location

ruskington-cemOver the centuries Parishioners of the village of Ruskington had been buried in the Churchyard of All Saints’ Church, before its ultimate closure in 1883.

In 1882 it was decided to purchase land in Sleaford Road for a new cemetery and this is still in use.

Hephzibah Ogden died on the 25th April 1883 and her funeral and interment was conducted by Rev. Arthur Myers two days later. The Parish Register recording her death bears the accompanying annotation “Last in Churchyard“.

The next Parish Register entry is for 4 year old Lizzie Arabella Robinson, who, on 15 May 1883, was the first to be buried in the new Cemetery on Sleaford Road, in Grave C.1.

We can date the opening of Ruskington Cemetery, therefore, to between these two dates – 25 April and 15 May 1883 – most probably the Communal Cemetery would have opened on 1 May 1883.

The First Five Burials in Ruskington Cemetery in 1883 (from Parish Register)

The First Five Burials in Ruskington Cemetery in 1883 (from Parish Register)

earliest-gravesOf these earliest burials only one, Elizabeth Franklin, Grave A.3., has a surviving headstone.

[Her husband, Bailey, was buried with her after his death, aged 75, on 26 December 1885, 2 years later.]

None of the early children’s burials are so commemorated, resulting in the large empty site in the corner of Section ‘C’ – designated from the start as an area for the burials of the village’s young people.

Ruskington Communal Cemetery is located on Sleaford Road and its layout is clearly shown on the O.S. Map below. Originally, it consisted of what is now known as the “Old Plot” to the west (left) of the site. It was later extended, towards the end of 1930, into the “New Plot” to the east. Both Plots also have ‘North‘, ‘South‘, ‘East‘ and ‘West‘ Borders.

dedication-on-lychgateThe intricately carved ‘lychgate’ (a roofed gateway, formerly used at burials for sheltering a coffin until the clergyman’s arrival) – shown in the photo at the top of this page – was erected in 1901 to mark the end of the Reign of Queen Victoria.

The inscription reads: “In Memory of Our Beloved – 1901 – Queen Victoria’s Reign.”

N.B. The O.S. Map extract below also shows the site of the village Memorial to the dead of World War 1 – on the west side, near the Lych Gate entrance. To learn more about the men commemorated on this Memorial, look at our sister site: Ruskington War Memorials.

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The ‘Google Earth‘ image, below, shows the Cemetery in more detail and clearly, and not surprisingly, the ‘New Plot‘ areas on the right (East) have a greater profusion of surviving headstones than the ‘Old Plot‘.

In recent times the Parish Council has allowed ‘Cremation Remains‘ to be interred, particularly on the areas bordering the paths on the West Borders of both Plots.

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Recording of the burials in Ruskington Cemetery is made in one of three “Parish Burial Registers“, which are housed in the Parish Council Offices.

[Researchers should note that these Registers are not freely available to the public. Requests for information should be made to the Parish Clerk – although the only extra information not on this site would relate to grave purchases.]

However, the purpose of this site is to allow Researchers and Family Historians to be able to locate and find individual graves in the Cemetery by reference to the published lists and maps – see below.

The Parish Registers – and this site – are arranged in the order of the various Plots within the Cemetery. The larger areas are know as Plots A – E and the areas around the edges are known as ‘Borders‘ – on the simplified Plan below “O.W.B.”, “N.E.B.” etc. are abbreviations for ‘Old West Border’, ‘New East Border’ etc.

annotated-plan-1The Old Plot:

A list of Burials in Ruskington Cemetery ‘Old Plot’ has been prepared by analysing and listing the entries in the Parish Burial Registers:

download…….. have a look at a list of who is buried in which Grave in the Old Plots, A – C and the Borders.

download…….. find where the Graves are located in the Cemetery by studying this Plan of the whole of the ‘Old Plot’ area

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…….. the Burials in Ruskington Communal Cemetery ‘Old Plot’ by going to the dedicated page for this Section of the Cemetery.

N.B. These lists are accurate as at 31 December 2018 and will be updated approximately every 6 months.

The New Plot:

A list of Burials in Ruskington Cemetery ‘New Plot’ has been prepared by analysing and listing the entries in the Parish Burial Registers:

download…….. have a look at a list of who is buried in which Grave in the New Plots, D – E and the Borders.

download…….. find where the Graves are located in the Cemetery by studying this Plan of the whole of the ‘New Plot’ area

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…….. the Burials in Ruskington Communal Cemetery ‘New Plot’ by going to the dedicated page for this Section of the Cemetery.

N.B. These lists are accurate as at 31 December 2018 and will be updated approximately every 6 months.

Cremation Burials:

Both of Ruskington Cemetery’s ‘Old Plot’ and ‘New Plot’ areas have graves containing remains buried following cremation. Sometimes these remains are interred in pre-existing grave plots, and these will be found in the Old and New Plots listings – as described above

However, over recent years it has been necessary to find additional space for cremation ‘burials’ alone.

These new plots have been sited in the areas between existing grave sites and the bordering paths in both the Old and New Plot areas.

download…….. have a look at a list of the Cremation Burials in the Old Plot.

download…….. have a look at a list of the Cremation Burials in the New Plot.

download…….. find where the Cremation Burials are located in the Cemetery by studying this Plan of the Old and New Plot areas.

N.B. These lists are accurate as at 31 December 2018 and will be updated approximately every 6 months.

Sources:

  • Ordnance Survey Map extract “Lincolnshire County Council – Reproduced from the 1980 O.S. 1/2500 Map with the permission of H.M.S.O. Crown Copyright Reserved. Licence No LA071341.”
  • Google earth V 6.2.2.6613. (1 January 2006). Ruskington, Lincolnshire. 53° 02’ 26.77”N, 0° 23’ 04.11”W, Eye alt 147 feet. Getmapping plc 2016. http://www.earth.google.com [Accessed: 29 November 2016].
  • Ruskington Parish Burial Registers, by permission of Ruskington Parish Council.
  • Parish Register image above via. “Lincs. to the Past – Ruskington Parish Records – Burials (1883-1884), p. 38