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Burial in Europe was under the control of the Church from around the 7th century and could only be carried out on consecrated church ground. From the early 19th century however, the burial of the dead in graveyards (burial grounds within churchyards) began to fall out of favour. This was due to rapid population growth in the early stages of the Industrial Revolution, continued outbreaks of infectious disease near graveyards, and the increasingly restricted space in graveyards for new interment. Entirely new burial places were established far from heavily populated areas at the outskirts of towns and cities. Many new cemeteries were municipally owned and therefore independent from churches.

Norton Cemetery is one of 16 cemeteries in Sheffield. It was originally owned by Norton Parish Council and is today run by Sheffield City Council. The cemetery, covering six acres and offering views of the Sheaf valley and the moors, contains 27 graves of service members killed in World War 1 and seven from World War 2.

The 19,902 records in this set contain the details of Sheffield residents buried in the cemetery over a period of 126 years. Each record contains a transcript of the original register entry. The amount of information listed varies, but the registers can reveal your ancestor’s year of birth, place and date of burial, home county, age at death and previous address.