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'Re-opened' ?

Hi, apologies if I've missed this in the general guidelines - What does 'Reopened' mean next to burials? - It's for 4 members of the same family, but not the other 2 with different surnames buried with them, I'm wondering if it meant they were moved elsewhere to be with other family members? Or maybe when others were added to that plot?

Re: 'Re-opened' ?

Hello Sara

It simply means the plot was re-opened to perform another burial in that plot. If all burials in one plot are not related, that plot will most likely be a "common" classification of grave.

City Road Cemetery. Clasification of grave types.


Normally all the burials in this type of grave were related to or at least known to, the grave owner as they had they had the say of who was buried there and as a result you are more likely to find a memorial on this type of grave.


One purchased this type of grave for a specified number of burials (so husband and wife could be buried together for example) then after the agreed amount of burials had taken place the grave was then re-sold to other (usually unrelated) families until the graves capacity was reached. It is quite rare for this type of grave to have a memorial.


These were usually (but not always) reserved for stillborn and neo-natal deaths; as a result, the number of burials in this classification of grave can be quite staggering. These can be hard to locate as they run at 90 degrees to the standard plot lay-out and they rarely have any kind of memorial.

All three classifications can usually be found in all sections.

Cheers Tony

Re: 'Re-opened' ?

Many thanks :relaxed: