For a Private Grave also consult the Register of Private Graves, which is a plot purchase register in grave number order, and will show who else is buried in the plot, and the grid square number. Once the square number has been found, the ‘square’ plan can be searched for the grave number, the grave numbers do not run in sequence. Please note that the plans are not available on line and while the FoTHCP hold a copy of one set of plot maps, the London Metropolitan Archives hold a series of the plans.
Public graves are denoted by having a letter or symbol in the grave number. To find the location of a public grave is a frequently a difficult and time-consuming task, there were never any official maps for the later graves, and while the earlier graves are marked on the map the chances they no longer exist and all maps have to be searched to try and locate the grave.
Over the years we have built up extensive knowledge of where public graves may be located: to aid in locating the grave you should note who else is buried in the grave (even if they are not your family) and in the graves on either side.
Make a note of the grave number, square number, the register you obtained the information from, and all the details written in the register, or a copy of the image. If you wish help to locate the grave or further assistance please email them to us, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please remember that we are a voluntary body and we will endeavour to reply as soon as we can.
We will help you whenever possible to try and locate the site. The FoTHCP in conjunction with the East London History Society hold a regular memorial recording and help desk at 2pm the second Sunday of every month in the Cemetery Park at the Soanes Centre. Please contact us on email@example.com to let us know you will be visiting.
If you wish to locate a grave at any other time then please make an appointment with the FoTHCP staff at firstname.lastname@example.org Please ensure you bring all the details with you and we are always interested in turning the names on the memorials into people and would be pleased if you would share a little of the history of the people you are researching with us. Winter time is best for searching for graves, after the vegetation has either been strimmed or died down.