The Friends of Jesmond Old Cemetery have registered with the Evening Chronicle's 'WISH' campaign in order to help raise funds for the restoration of the Thomas Burt memorial. We have already raised over a £1,000 towards the cost of the work but we are still some way short of the total amount required. The 'WISH' campaign has a £35,000 fund to be shared amongst all the not-for-profit voluntary groups registered, with the amount allocated to each group dependent upon the number of tokens collected by each group. 'WISH' tokens will be printed in the Evening Chronicle every day from Thursday 4th October to Saturday 22nd December. If you want to support our cause, all you have to do is cut them out and send them to us at this address. This is a great opportunity to demonstrate that the lovely people in the North East care about culture, history and the memory of a truly remarkable man. So, keep calm and send us your tokens. Please!!
JESMOND OLD CEMETERY FEATURED IN 'LIVING NORTH' MAGAZINE.
18.10.12. - The November edition of 'Living North' magazine highlights Jesmond Old Cemetery in a 'Beyond the Grave' article.
The article in 'Living North' explores six 'haunting' cemeteries in the North East; as well as featuring Jesmond Old Cemetery, they also include St Andrew's in Newcastle, West Cemetery in Darlington, Ettleton Cemetery in Newcastleton, St Cuthbert in Beltingham and Lanercost Priory, Cumbria.
The Friends of Jesmond Old Cemetery get a mention in the article.... the only Friends group identified. How cool is that???
The magazine retails at £2:95 and is a canny read for anyone interested in what's happening in the North East. Oh, and Jesmond Old Cemetery!! FRIENDS OF JESMOND OLD CEMETERY JOIN FACEBOOK.
09.10.12. - Friends of Jesmond Old Cemetery join the world of social networking!!!
As part of our aim to raise the profile of our work within Jesmond Old Cemetery, we now have a Facebook page to help spread the word and keep people up to date with what we do. Check it out here.
JESMOND OLD CEMETERY'S VERY OWN J.R. HARTLEY!!
18.09.12. - World famous fly fisherman, Dr William Baigent, is buried in Jesmond Old Cemetery.
After another fruitless day during a fishing holiday in South Uist, some members of the Friends of Jesmond Old Cemetery took to reading old fly fishing magazines for inspiration. One article highlighted the usefulness of the Baigent's Brown fly, invented by Northallerton Doctor, William Baigent. The name sounded familiar and, on returning from holiday, a quick scan of old JOC related e-mails revealed a request for help in locating a Willam Baigent's grave way back in 2010. We managed to confirm that there was, indeed, a William Baigent buried in JOC but did not take it any further, the significance of his name not being obvious at the time; however, having researched his life, both as a Doctor and a fly fisherman, we are over the moon to have our own version of J.R. Hartley in Jesmond Old Cemetery!!
19.08.12. - Our website adds a new area to provide details of the 'not so famous' but still important people buried in Jesmond Old Cemetery.
As well as the more famous North Eastern 'names' buried in Jesmond Old Cemetery, we also have many less well known people who, outside of their immediate family and descendants, would not attract much attention. However, as we know, we all have a story to tell and this new addition to our website provides an opportunity for us to tell some of those stories.
By their very nature, the details provided are dependent upon memory and incomplete documentation; as such, from a historical perspective, the level of accuracy will not necessarily match that of the more prominent people buried within Jesmond Old Cemetery. Never the less, from a personal perspective, the details provided are just as important and meaningful to those providing them and, therefore, are worth sharing.
Our first addition to this page is the Haslam family.
If you would like to contribute your family history to this page, please do get in touch on the e-mail address above and we'll sort it.