Graves in Royal Tunbridge Wells and vicinity?

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My third great-grandfather, William Slade, spent his last years in Tunbridge Wells, and his death is registered there, as are the deaths of my third great-grandmother Caroline (Allen) Slade, and my second great uncle, William Richard Slade.

However, I haven't been able to find any of them on Find A Grave. Now, it's entirely possible that the cemetery where they were buried was redeveloped and turned into a shopping mall or something (I was shocked to learn how frequently that has happened in different places), I prefer to think that it's actually because Find A Grave's coverage is still incomplete. 

So I'm looking for somebody who is more familiar with how cemeteries work than I am (which shouldn't be hard, since I know virtually nothing in that field), to coach me on trying to figure out which cemeteries in the area would have been "active" during that period, whether any records for those cemeteries are still extant, and anything else I need to know to go looking to find great3 grampa Bill, great3 grandma Caroline, and great2 grand uncle Bill, the next time I get to spend some time in Ye Olde Countrie.

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If they all lived and died in Tunbridge Wells itself, then it looks like there are only a couple of possibilities  depending upon date

See also

(The Tonbridge registration district  encompassed a much wider area )

by Helen Ford G2G6 Pilot (297k points)
edited by Helen Ford

The last record I have of William and Caroline before William's death is the 1861 census, which lists them as living at 1 Gove Place in Tonbridge. By the 1871 census, Caroline was listed as living in Tunbridge Wells. 

Another possible quirk is that their son, my second great-grandfather, George Slade, listed his denomination as "Baptist" starting with the first Canada Census after he immigrated, even though he was christened in St Mary's Church in Walthamstow, Essex in 1843, and married in St Nicholas' Church in Brighton in 1863. I don't know whether the whole family was Baptist and they just did the expected things in the Church of England to avoid persecution, or if George and Selina changed their minds sometime between their marriage in 1863 and the census in 1871 or what. But I'm wondering whether the reason William and Caroline are so hard to trace is because they were Baptists, too.

Thank you for the link to the Friends of Woodbury Park Cemetery, Helen. I submitted a request and got an answer back zing-fast. It turns out that my great3 grandparents are buried there. They just don't have extant memorials, which might help explain why they're not listed on Find A Grave.

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