Friday, June 06, 2014

DeceasedOnline: old Spa Fields (near London) 1778-1849

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was just received from Richard Gray of

We've just added another fascinating old London burial site to our database, please see the bullet points below: 
  • Records for another of London’s most historic nonconformist burial grounds are now available on Deceased Online
  • The Spa Fields records range from 1778 to 1849 and feature all the registers from The National Archives (TNA) RG4 collection.
  • Although a tiny area, the old Spa Fields site includes nearly 114,000 records.Located in Clerkenwell, the site no longer exists as a burial ground but is a park managed by the London Borough of Islington.
  • As with all cemetery and burial site records on, users are able to search, within the ‘advance search facility, by name and by cemetery or burial site within a given area or location.
  • Deceased Online features over 8 million London burial and cremation records including the largest cemetery in the UK and the historic sites at Kensal Green,Brompton and now Spa Fields and Bunhill Fields.
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With records dating back to the 1770’s, Spa Fields is one of London’s most historic and
notorious burial grounds where burials were removed and burned to make way for more new
arrivals.  Read all about it in Emma Jolly's latest blog:

I've attached a picture of a plaque that commemorates Spa Fields burial ground and gives a brief insight into it's rather macabre history.  

IMAGE: Courtesy of author.

We have lots more records from Scotland, England's Midlands and North West areas and South Wales due on Deceased Online over the next few months.  

Have a good weekend.

1 comment:

  1. I came across this place while researching my ancestors in Kensington, London. There were some very distressing newspaper reports, including the grave diggers stomping on previous bodies in order to make room for the new ones.