Originally Posted by PopT
I came across the same problem and was told that if a family couldn't afford a grave they were put in a family grave that was not full and no longer in use. Whether this was at the time of the Flu epidemic in Sheffield and there were so many bodies to be buried I do not know.
Hope this helps.
yep - can confirm this. My grandad died early '80's and grandma naturally wanted him in the family grave at Burngreave. She was told it was full and was shocked to find out that this is what happened - the family grave was full of strangers!
- we had not used it for years but she still had the plot papers etc
I can remember at the time caused a major ruckus 'cus all the family (her mum and dad, sisters and brothers etc aunts uncles etc were buried around Bunrgreave so when the old dear went with flowers, which she did religiously every Sunday, she could do all her lost ones in one visit.
The problem was that Burngreave itself was full and accepting no more, so grandad was buried at City Road - that caused no end of inconvenience for gran.