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Ashton-upon-Mersey Friends Burial Ground

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Location: Park Road, Ashton-upon-Mersey, Sale, Cheshiremap
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Ashton-upon-Mersey Friends Burial Ground is a Quaker cemetery in Ashton-upon-Mersey near Sale, Cheshire, at the Quaker Meeting House there in Park Road. The Meeting House was built in 1856, and said to have been used originally only for meetings for worship in connection with the walled burial ground. It's not clear whether therefore 1856 was the year burials there began, or whether the burial ground was older than the Meeting House.

In 1876, Jacksons Row Friends' Burial Ground in Manchester was closed and all the human remains in it were transferred to Ashton-upon-Mersey Burial Ground, the gravestones were removed and it was built over, though transcriptions of Memorial Inscriptions exist as do the burial records.

George Bradshaw, of Bradshaw's Railway Time Tables, is said according to a website about Sale Notables to be buried here. Perhaps appropriately for a writer of travel-related books, this according to them was his third burial place - he was buried first at Christiana (now known as Oslo) in Sweden, then moved to Manchester, and then here when the Manchester burial ground was redeveloped. (However according to Wikipedia, he is still buried at Oslo; it's not clear which version is correct. Oslo is of course in Norway not Sweden, but Norway was in a union with Sweden under the Swedish crown when George Bradshaw died)

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