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Burials at St Mary the Virgin
in the Town of Blackburn

For the format of dates in Registers prior to 1752, see notes on the Julian Calendar

The following notes are offered on the register for the years 1772 to 1792.

Between Sep 14 1775 and Apr 24 1782 many of the relationship indicators were omitted from the register in order to fit two columns of entries onto a single page. Our knowledge of the form in which entries were made allows us to infer some of these relationships with reasonable certainty. In these instances the inferred relationship is shown in square brackets thus: [s]. Relationships shown followed by a question mark thus: d? are guesses based mainly on the knowledge that during that period most deaths were of children. Therefore these indicators only show the rough balance of probabilities and cannot be relied upon to anything like the same degree as the bracketed ones. Put simply much of the time d? will be correct (more than half the time) but on occasion will be incorrect.

The following notes are offered on the register for the years 1793 to 1803.

Lost data.
One or more entries appear to be missed from the bottom of the page in the image of p46. i.e. at end Jul 1796.
Likewise for page 53, i.e. between Jan 25 and Jan 27, 1797.
Entries from which data are partially missed are indicated in the transcription.

The following notes are offered on the register for the years 1803 to 1812.

There is a major discontinuity between pages 113 and 115 of the register which affects entries between 9 Jan 1811 and 2 Aug 1811.

The transcriber noted a number of minor discontinuities, which are listed below. There could be other such small losses.
Page 48, entry or entries dated 28 Nov 1806.
Page 53, part of an entry missed circa 16 Mar 1807.
Page 55, entry or entries dated 29 Apr 1807.
Page 66, entry or entries between 18 Feb 1808 and 21 Feb 1808.
Page 109, entry or entries dated 16 Feb 1811.

The New Blackburn Cemetery opened July 1st 1857. Blackburn cemetery is situated on Whalley New Road, Blackburn, on land purchased by the Blackburn Burial Board, which comprises 45 acres for the purpose of a cemetery on the former estate of Bank Hey in Little Harwood. All of the facilities in the cemetery are managed and maintained by Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council.

Before entry No 4390 in the Register of Burials for 1851 to 1858, it is recorded that the old part of the Parish Burial Ground closed from 1st July 1857. It is uncertain whether burials after this oint are in the church burial ground or the new cemetery.

The next Burial Register, 1858 to 1861, is divided into two sections. This register has pages with reprinted Page and Entry numbers. A note at the front of the register states "Parish Church Burials from Page 1 to Page 50. Cemetery Interments from Page 50 to Page 400".

Below this in a different hand the following caution is added. "Care Pages 49 - 60. These Page Numbers appear twice. See Note on second Page 49. See also Note on Page 34"

The Note on Page 34 follows a burial on 31 July 1858, saying:-

"N.B. Interment of persons dying within the township of Blackburn is prohibited in the grave yard of the Parish Church and St Peter's on and after the 1st of August 1858, except in vaults and walled graves."

Following this Note, the number of burials recorded in this section declines sharply, though burials continue to be recorded up to 1900 and beyond (later burials are excluded from this filming). This set of records is presented as the Register of Burials for 1858 to 1900.

The original preprinted Page 49 starts with the burial of William Henry Field, Baronet, accompanied by the note "also entered on Page 49 preceding".

It then contains in large letters the note "The remainder of this Book contains Burials at the Cemetery". This note now has a cross through it. The lower part of the Page contains the following note:-

"The entry of Sir William Henry Fielden's Burial at the top of this page was subsequently transferred to Page 49 in the preceding part of the Book of the register. The Pages numbered 49 to 60 were inserted by me for the convenient entry of any interments that might take place in the Parish Church Yard and also within the vaults of the church in future years - Edward Birch, Vicar, March 27 188? (the last digit of the year is smudged)"

The reference to page inserted is to blank pages without preprinted numbers which have been inserted into the binding between the original Pages 48 and 49. These new pages have hand written Page and Entry numbers, so there is a duplication of these numbers within that physical Register Book.

The Pages from preprinted Page 50 to the end of the Register are marked explicitly "at the Cemetery". These records for Burials at the cemetery are presented as the Register of Burials for 1858 to 1861.

Given the Notes in the Register for 1858 to 1861, unless there is a Note accompanying an individual Burial, it is probable that all persons recorded in the Registers from 1861 were buried in the cemetery, though these subsequent Registers do not state that explicitly.

The Register for Burials at St Mary the Virgin 1600 - 1611 with Surname Index

The Register for Burials at St Mary the Virgin 1614 - 1637 with Surname Index

The Register for 1614 - 1637 is divided into batches covering 6 years
Batches for the individual years may be accessed via the links below

 1614 - 1619   1620 - 1625   1626 - 1631   1632 - 1637 

The Register for Burials at St Mary the Virgin 1651 - 1653 with Surname Index

The Register for Burials at St Mary the Virgin 1653 - 1680 with Surname Index

The Register for 1653 - 1680 is divided into batches covering 7 years
Batches for the individual years may be accessed via the links below

 1653 - 1659   1660 - 1666   1667 - 1673   1674 - 1680 

The Register for Burials at St Mary the Virgin 1680 - 1722 with Surname Index

The Register for 1680 - 1722 is divided into batches covering 5 years
Batches for the individual years may be accessed via the links below

 1680 - 1684   1685 - 1689   1690 - 1694   1695 - 1699   1700 - 1704   1705 - 1709   1710 - 1714   1715 - 1719   1720 - 1722 

The Register for Burials at St Mary the Virgin 1722 - 1746 with Surname Index

The Register for 1722 - 1746 is divided into batches covering 5 years
Batches for the individual years may be accessed via the links below

 1722 - 1726   1727 - 1731   1732 - 1736   1737 - 1741   1742 - 1746 

The Register for Burials at Darwen Chapel 1728 - 1746 with Surname Index

The Register for Burials at St Mary the Virgin 1746 - 1758 with Surname Index

The Register for 1746 - 1758 is divided into batches covering 3 years
Batches for the individual years may be accessed via the links below

 1746 - 1748   1749 - 1751   1752 - 1754   1755 - 1757   1758 

The Register for Burials at St Mary the Virgin 1759 - 1772 with Surname Index

The Register for 1759 - 1772 is divided into batches covering 2 years
Batches for the individual years may be accessed via the links below

 1759 - 1760   1761 - 1762   1763 - 1764   1765 - 1766   1767 - 1768   1769 - 1770   1771 - 1772 

The Register for Burials at St Mary the Virgin 1772 - 1792 with Surname Index

The Register for 1772 - 1792 is divided into batches covering 1 year
Batches for the individual years may be accessed via the links below

 1772   1773   1774   1775   1776   1777   1778   1779   1780   1781   1782   1783   1784   1785   1786   1787   1788   1789   1790   1791   1792 

The Register for Burials at St Mary the Virgin 1793 - 1803 with Surname Index

The Register for 1793 - 1803 is divided into batches covering 1 year
Batches for the individual years may be accessed via the links below

 1793   1794   1795   1796   1797   1798   1799   1800   1801   1802   1803 

The Register for Burials at St Mary the Virgin 1803 - 1812 with Surname Index

The Register for 1803 - 1812 is divided into batches covering 1 year
Batches for the individual years may be accessed via the links below

 1803   1804   1805   1806   1807   1808   1809   1810   1811   1812 

The Register for Burials at St Mary the Virgin 1813 - 1818 with Surname Index

The Register for 1813 - 1818 is divided into batches covering 1 year
Batches for the individual years may be accessed via the links below

 1813   1814   1815   1816   1817   1818 

The Register for Burials at St Mary the Virgin 1818 - 1823 with Surname Index

The Register for 1818 - 1823 is divided into batches covering 1 year
Batches for the individual years may be accessed via the links below

 1818   1819   1820   1821   1822   1823 

The Register for Burials at St Mary the Virgin 1823 - 1827 with Surname Index

The Register for 1823 - 1827 is divided into batches covering 1 year
Batches for the individual years may be accessed via the links below

 1823   1824   1825   1826   1827 

The Register for Burials at St Mary the Virgin 1827 - 1832 with Surname Index

The Register for 1827 - 1832 is divided into batches covering 1 year
Batches for the individual years may be accessed via the links below

 1827   1828   1829   1830   1831   1832 

The Register for Burials at St Mary the Virgin 1832 - 1836 with Surname Index

The Register for 1832 - 1836 is divided into batches covering 1 year
Batches for the individual years may be accessed via the links below

 1832   1833   1834   1835   1836 

The Register for Burials at St Mary the Virgin 1836 - 1843 with Surname Index

The Register for 1836 - 1843 is divided into batches covering 1 year
Batches for the individual years may be accessed via the links below

 1836   1837   1838   1839   1840   1841   1842   1843 

The Register for Burials at St Mary the Virgin 1843 - 1851 with Surname Index

The Register for 1843 - 1851 is divided into batches covering 1 year
Batches for the individual years may be accessed via the links below

 1843   1844   1845   1846   1847   1848   1849   1850   1851 

The Register for Burials at St Mary the Virgin 1851 - 1858 with Surname Index

The Register for 1851 - 1858 is divided into batches covering 1 year
Batches for the individual years may be accessed via the links below

 1851   1852   1853   1854   1855   1856   1857   1858 

The Register for Burials at St Mary the Virgin 1858 - 1900 with Surname Index

The Register for Burials at St Mary the Virgin 1858 - 1861 with Surname Index

The Register for 1858 - 1861 is divided into batches covering 1 year
Batches for the individual years may be accessed via the links below

 1858   1859   1860   1861 

The Register for Burials at St Mary the Virgin 1861 - 1867 with Surname Index

The Register for 1861 - 1867 is divided into batches covering 1 year
Batches for the individual years may be accessed via the links below

 1861   1862   1863   1864   1865   1866   1867 

The Register for Burials at St Mary the Virgin 1868 - 1870 with Surname Index

The Register for 1868 - 1870 is divided into batches covering 1 year
Batches for the individual years may be accessed via the links below

 1868   1869   1870 

There are 76632 Burial Records extracted for this Church

A combined index for all the above registers may be accessed through the links below.

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