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August 6, 2013


Bath has a number of Anglican parish-based graveyards, some non-conformist burial grounds and, from the mid-1800s, ward-based cemeteries that catered for both Anglicans and nonconformists.  Although hotly debated in 1859, it was not until 1937 that Bath had a single municipal cemetery at Haycombe and, even then, the ‘closed’ cemeteries continued with burials.   To help family historians locate the place of burial, a Bath Burial Index has been produced.  In September 2016 this went online at the Bath Record Office website http://www.batharchives.co.uk/ . It covers over 45 of Bath’s cemeteries and has over 240,000 burial entries, over 30,000 images of memorials, maps and documentation of inscriptions for some cemeteries. The descriptions of the cemeteries indicate where documentation can be found.   It includes municipal cemeteries such as Lyncombe & Widcombe and St James (Lower Bristol Road), Locksbrook (Walcot, St Saviour’s and Weston sections), Twerton (Bellotts Road), Smallcombe Vale and Haycombe which are not covered by the National Burial Index.    It would seem that Bath is the only English city which has burial records for municipal and church-based graveyards in one place, online and freely-accessible.   Thanks to Phil Bendall for compiling and providing the above information
November 6, 2012

Code of Practice

1. Introduction   Bristol and Avon Family History Society comprises Trustees, Committee Members and Society Members. This Code of Practice sets out the relevant commitments expected of the members in their duties to which adherence will help to ensure the effectiveness of the Society. This will maintain openness and accountability across the organisation and support positive working relationships between the Committee and Society Members. 2. Management The Management of the Society including its groups is undertaken by Trustees and Committee Members who are elected by and from the Society’s subscribing membership. a) Trustees Trustees are the current elected Officers and members of the Committee. Further details can be found in the Society’s Constitution and the Charity Commission’s Handbook for Trustees. The Trustees will be held legally responsible for what the Society does. b) Officers Officers are elected Committee Members holding the offices of Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Treasurer and Secretary. c) Committee Members Committee Members are elected by the Society’s Members at the Annual General Meeting and hold office in accordance with the Society’s Constitution. They comprise a Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer plus no more than 8 non-office holders.  The Secretary is the first point of contact for the Society’s legal business and for ensuring the keeping of relevant records.  For details on the responsibilities of all office holders, see Job Descriptions.   Further details can be found in the Society’s Constitution.  (see Website)  d) Post Holders Post Holders are members who have specific responsibilities for areas of the Society’s operations. These are not elected positions but appointments which are approved by […]
November 13, 2010

Arnos Vale

Arnos Vale Cemetery stands in 45 acres between the A4 Bath Road and the streets of Knowle in Bristol. A campaign started in the 1980’s to stop the then owner’s plans to develop part of the cemetery for housing.  With massive local support including the Evening Post newspaper and the Bristol Council, the campaign succeeded.  A restoration programme was completed in 2010 with the aid of a grant of £4.8m from the Heritage Lottery Fund. ‘The Friends of Arnos Vale Cemetery’ work hard to support the Arnos Vale Cemetery Trust which now manages the cemetery. The Trust is taking various initiatives to support the cemtery into the future.  Although it has been ‘saved’ it is not ‘safe’, because significant funds are needed to maintain its 45 acres and the buildings.  Arnos Vale still operates as a working cemetery, in addition to scatterings and interment of ashes new plots have been identified for burials at the cemetery.  More recently, natural woodland burial plots have become available in the old woods in the cemetery.  The Atrium Cafe (open every day) is in the Non-Conformist Chapel – where you can also visit a free exhibition about cremation.  There are numerous events held on the site (see: www.arnosvale.org.uk) including regular tours.    Regular Tours   In addition to private tours and all those advertised, there are regular ‘heritage’ tours starting at 1.30pm most Saturdays.  These tours last about an hour, start from the Gate Lodges at the Bath Road entrance – there is a small charge.  Useful for family historians who would like to learn a little about […]