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We have some exciting news
After years of searching by Alan Walton we finally now have a photograph of the chapel that stood on the mound at the top of the cemetery.
We now have photos of all three chapels. it’s taken quite some time but we knew it had to be out their somewhere. photo taken in July of 1959. And found in the CWGC archives.
We thank The Commonwealth War Graves Commission for allowing us to use this photo.
Well done Alan !!!
FODC April 2021
Working Parties start again from Saturday 20th March 2021
FODC trustees have decided that the Saturday working parties are to restart again from Saturday 20th March 2021.
The working parties will be held with social distancing measures in place as our main responsibility is the health and safety of all that attends. FODC March 2021
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Working Parties have been cancelled until further notice!
FODC trustees hope everyone is keeping safe and healthy in this current pandemic. With the lockdown still in place and the high numbers of COVID we are suspending the Working Parties for the time being. As trustees we are sorry to have to make this decision but felt we had no option. Keep yourself safe everyone and your families we will see you once it is safe to do so. FODC Jan 2021
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Brief History of the Cemetery
The Local Board of Health formed a Burial Board in 1858 to provide a public burial ground. Up to then the only burial grounds were the graveyards of the various places of worship. The long use of these graveyards, their limited area, and the growth of the town made it difficult to find space for new graves.
The Burial Board acquired land at Whitehall on the west of the Bolton road. The area was drained, fenced, and laid out into sections for Church of England, Nonconformist and Roman Catholic burials.
Mortuary Chapels were erected and the cemetery opened in June 1861. In 1876 further land was obtained, the combined area being about 20 acres. The western cemetery is really two cemeteries – the Old to the south and the New to the north.
Towards the end of the Second World War it was becoming obvious that a further burial ground was necessary and land was acquired on the opposite side of the main road. This became known, rather confusingly, as the New Cemetery and then as the Eastern Cemetery. Work was under way by 1945 and the land was consecrated within a year or so. The area was extended in the late 1970s.
Photograph of the two lodges at the entrance to the Western Cemetery.
Note the large Iron Gates which stood between the two Lodges, in between the two Lodges you can see the Church of England Chapel
A closer photograph of the Church of England Chapel that once stood in the Cemetery
This photograph shows the Roman Catholic Chapel that once stood in the Cemetery.
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