Milton Road Cemetery History

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Milton Road Cemetery History

With the increasing number of residents, 4033 in the 1851 census, doubling to over 8000 by 1862, the old burial ground at St John’s Church had been filled and a new site was required. The Town Commissioners chose the new site on the southern side of Bristol Road (this was then the outskirts of Weston) and the project was put out to tender. The design was won by Charles E Davis, who designed the cemetery to included two mortuary Chapels, one Church of England the other non-conformist, and an arboretum. The Diocese of Bath and Wells, on seeing the plans, insisted on the two separate chapels with at least a 6″ gap and the bell tower to be central to the gate and path as most cemeteries of the time were arranged. Designed in 1856 by Mr Charles Davies, the Cemetery was designed as a Victorian Garden Cemetery, with a vast array of native and exotic trees and pathways to lead you round grounds to enjoy the spectacular views the Cemetery has to offer. At the time of construction, the Cemetery was built on the outskirts of the town, on a site which was previously used as a Bronze Age burial site.

Both chapels were built in the English gothic style from 1300-1350, with the stone quarried from site. The limestone used is known as pink limestone, or Bed 21. The stone running along the bases of the chapel and around the edges is the harder and more durable Bath Stone. There is a vein of Pink Limestone which runs from Milton under the cemetery and crops out at Anchor Head Cove. The stone became this colour during the carboniferous period, a time of low sea level and mountain building, through the iron components which oxidised and turned the mud red.

People of significance buried at Milton Road Cemetery

From Olympic athletes to the people who helped build our town. There are some interesting people laying to rest at Milton Road Cemetery. Please browse these videos to hear about their amazing lives and the history of our town and its residents.

Henry Butt buried at Milton Road Cemetery

James Dare buried at Milton Road Cemetery

Belgian refugees buried at Milton Road Cemetery

Dr Frederick Baedeker buried at Milton Road Cemetery

Frances Newman buried at Milton Road Cemetery

Henry Nathaniel Davies buried at Milton Road Cemetery

Alfred Pavey buried at Milton Road Cemetery

Reuben Staddon buried at Milton Road Cemetery

Earl of Cavan buried at Milton Road Cemetery

John Jackson Barstow buried at Milton Road Cemetery

Frederick Le poer Trench buried at Milton Road Cemetery

Capel Family buried at Milton Road Cemetery

George Fiott Day buried at Milton Road Cemetery

Thomas McFarlane buried at Milton Road Cemetery

Emily Elizabeth Constance buried at Milton Road Cemetery

Walter Cornelius Gabriel buried at Milton Road Cemetery

Alfred Leete buried at Milton Road Cemetery

Burnell buried at Milton Road Cemetery

Elizabeth Standerwick Gregory buried at Milton Road Cemetery

Paulo Radmilovic buried at Milton Road Cemetery

Carlton Fredericks buried at Milton Road Cemetery

Earl Alexander buried at Milton Road Cemetery

Earnest Huntley buried at Milton Road Cemetery

Edgar Bryant buried at Milton Road Cemetery

Frederike Alwine Maria buried at Milton Road Cemetery

General Gore Boland Munb buried at Milton Road Cemetery

Hans Fowler Price buried at Milton Road Cemetery

Harry Mogg buried at Milton Road Cemetery

Henry Bertram Webb buried at Milton Road Cemetery

Jessica Hillman buried at Milton Road Cemetery

John H Smyth Pigott buried at Milton Road Cemetery

John Palmer buried at Milton Road Cemetery

Joseph Stringfield buried at Milton Road Cemetery

Leonard Guy buried at Milton Road Cemetery

Peter Trapnell buried at Milton Road Cemetery

Sam Harvey buried at Milton Road Cemetery

Stanley Follet Hook buried at Milton Road Cemetery

Thomas Newberry buried at Milton Road Cemetery

Thomas Palmer buried at Milton Road Cemetery

Thomas Rogers buried at Milton Road Cemetery

William Bryant Frampton buried at Milton Road Cemetery

Winter Sisters buried at Milton Road Cemetery

Conway G Warne buried at Milton Road Cemetery

Clement Layton buried at Milton Road Cemetery