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Hunter Street Friends Burial Ground

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Date: 1791 to 1861
Location: Hunter Street, Liverpool, Lancashire, Englandmap
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Hunter Street Friends Burial Ground was a Quaker burial ground in Liverpool which no longer exists. Recumbent headstones are said to have been permitted there, unlike in the earliest Quaker burial grounds where graves were not marked at all.

Hunter Street was the second Quaker burial ground in Liverpool, the first having been at Hackins Hey. Hunter Street Meeting House was built in 1791, and burials took place in its grounds between then and 1854, when the Meeting was ordered to stop burying people there because of fears of disease in what was a densely-populated area.

The Meeting therefore purchased a new piece of land on Smithdown Road, which they paid for by selling the Hackins Hey site, and reinterred the human remains from Hackins Hey there.

In practice it seems burials continued there till 1861, when they abruptly ceased and burials at Smithdown Road commenced. Since Quakers make decisions collectively by consensus, coming to agreement about how to proceed can be slow. It took some years for them to find a new site they liked, sell Hackins Hey, purchase the new site and reinter the remains from Hackins Hey, and they were apparently given the time they needed by the authorities.

It seems that later, a similar fate befell Hunter Street Burial Ground - 'Charlotte Mason: Hidden Heritage and Educational Influence' by Margaret A. Coombs refers to the reburial of one Joshua Mason (who had been buried at Hunter Street in 1859) in Allerton Cemetery, Liverpool, in August 1948 and to a Register and Index to the Hunter Street Burial Ground which was compiled when it was demolished and which recorded his reburial.

Hunter Street burials (1837-1861) have been transcribed on https://www.freereg.org.uk/

Sources

  • Charlotte Mason: Hidden Heritage and Educational Influence' by Margaret A. Coombs




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