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Ascension Burial Ground / St Giles and St Peter cemetery

History of Ascension Burial Ground

This was formerly the burial ground for the parish of St Giles and St Peter. It holds the graves and memorials of many University of Cambridge academics and non-conformists.

There is a detailed Wikipedia entry.

The Mortuary Chapel is a Building of Local Interest

1881: Cemetery House

Frederick Plum, 58, curator, b Balsham

Ann, 52, b Wilts


1901: Cemetery House

William Hills, 62, caretaker and gardener, b Cambs

Elizabeth, 64,

Elizabeth, 24, dressmaker

1911: Cemetery Lodge

William Hills, 45, curator of cemetery, b Suffolk

Emma, 40, b Surrey

William Thomas, 17, college servant, b Duxford

Albert James, 13, errand boy, b Duxford

Walter George, 12, b Duxford


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