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Hi I am looking for the burial site of my great grandfather Thomas Stretton 1866-1918. He died in Springwell lane workhouse infirmary Doncaster. He was resident of Thurnscoe Rotherham and was married to Theresa Ann, with whom he had 11 children.

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I have managed to trace his death details, but havent yet found his grave whereabouts. If anyone knows of Thomas's grave,or possibly even point me in the direction I can continue my search, I would be very gratefull.

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on 2011-12-19 18:41:46

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by janilye on 2011-12-20 06:08:32

Death in the Workhouse
If an inmate died in the workhouse, the death was notified to their family who could, if they wished, organize a funeral themselves. If this did not happen, which was often the case because of the expense, the Guardians arranged a burial in a local cemetery or burial ground this was originally required to be in the parish where the workhouse stood, but later rules allowed it to be the deceased's own parish if they or their relatives had expressed such a wish. A few workhouses had their own burial ground on or adjacent to the workhouse site.

The burial would be in the cheapest possible coffin and in an unmarked grave, into which several coffins might be placed on the same occasion. Under the terms of the 1832 Anatomy Act, bodies unclaimed for forty-eight hours could also be disposed of by donating them for use in medical research and training this was not specific to workhouses, but applied to any institution whose inmates died while in its care. Deaths were, however, always registered in the normal way.

by janilye on 2011-12-20 06:16:29

Have a look at the map here Springwell Lane I see a mortuary but not a cemetery. Perhaps your eyes are better than mine. Anyway there are clues there as to where you may find his grave.

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