Whilst this site contains much information about the burial sites in the village of Ruskington, Lincolnshire, its primary function is to enable families to find the final resting places of their ancestors who died and were buried or cremated here.
Up to 1883, and for probably 1000+ years before, all of the village dead were interred in the Churchyard of All Saints’ Church, amounting, of course, to many thousands of burials over time. Most of the evidence of those burials now only exists in the remaining Parish Burial Registers.
Currently only 156 of these graves can be identified by surviving headstones, in varying states of disrepair. The oldest of these is the grave of 74 year old John Sharp, who died on 15 July 1783.
John was born in Ruskington c. May 1709 (i.e. baptised 29 May at All Saints’ Church, Ruskington). He is, therefore, the earliest born known burial in the Churchyard.
This 1000+ cycle ceased on 25 April 1883, however, when 82 year old Hephzibah Ogden became the last burial before the Churchyard was formally closed and responsibility for its upkeep passed to the Parish Council.
At about the same time Ruskington Parish Council opened a Communal Cemetery on the outskirts of the village, on the road to Sleaford. Four year old Lucy Arabella Robinson became the first to be buried in the new Ruskington Communal Cemetery, in Grave C.1., on 15 May 1883.
The original Cemetery has, for this site, been labelled the “Old Plot”. Towards the end of the 1930s it was extended into the “New Plot” to the east. [Both Plots also have a ‘North’, ‘South’, ‘East’ and ‘West’ Border.]
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.
In 2020 the Cemetery was closed, on the advice of the Environment Agency, for all but pre-bought and cremation graves, as the current water table is now too high.
Researching Your Ancestors:
Use the MENU BARS above for the Churchyard and Cemetery to look for the names you are seeking:
Churchyard: is divided in a number of Geographic zones which show the locations of the numbered (by the Author) graves, although probably the best place to start is the “Alphabetical List” page, especially if you know the name you are researching.
From there you can reference the Maps (“Mapping the Churchyard“) to locate the grave you are looking for, and even download a booklet for each Zone with a short history of who is buried in which grave.
Cemetery: is divided into a number of areas according to age and location. Access is via the various spreadsheets, updated approximately every 6 months, downloadable from the links on each page.
Once the location is found, which corresponds to entries in the Parish Registers, you can download the map for that section to access the exact position. The Cemetery is arranged in a ‘Grid Pattern’ making co-ordination relatively easy.