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Cemetery Research

Upon the closure of St. Mary's Churchyard and the opening of the new Wembdon Road Cemetery, Richard Smith of Bridgwater wrote the following,

'I lay down this proposition, that it is the right of every Englishman to have a place to be buried in; and, being buried, that no mortal being has a right to touch his remains - that they shall remain undisturbed until the resurrection morning'.

Bridgwater Times 4 December 1851


The Wembdon Road Cemetery was Bridgwater's first purpose built garden cemetery. Opened in 1851, it covers about five acres and contains some 1400 memorials and many thousands of burials.

The Cemetery is in two distinct sections, each had its own administration and its own Memorial chapel, sadly the latter are now only a distant memory.

This site brings all this information together for the first time in over 150 years for the benefit of descendants, local historians and genealogists worldwide.



The Forum

The Members Forum is a benefit of Membership where members can freely converse with one another and leave messages about genealogical searches they are undertaking.

Other Resources

Membership also gives you access to a range of useful materials:
  • Dissenter Cemetery administration documentation from 1924 to 1985
  • A large collection of Bridgwater postcards
  • A handy list of Bridgwater reference books
  • Notes on the other burial grounds of Bridgwater



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