The idea of this project came originally from Cheryl Cooper and Janet Cross, relatives, who were doing their own family history. They started planning and plotting the cemetery and it soon became obvious what a great undertaking it was. As they were both members of Stapleford & District U3A Family History group they approached Sharon Bosworth, the group co-ordinator, and told her of their intentions. The U3A were completely supportive of the project and member volunteers spent the summer transcribing the gravestone memorials at the Stapleford Cemetery.
Phase 1 April 2017 to September 2017 We decided to start with the oldest partof the cemetery where the first burial took place in 1881. Between 10 & 15 volunteers spent many hours at the cemetery mapping & noting the inscriptions of over 750 memorial stones with around 1200 names. Many, many more hours were spent over winter by Sharon, Janet and Cheryl typing and checking the transcriptions).
Phase 2 May 2018 to September 2018 Between 10 & 15 volunteers spent many hours at the cemetery mapping & noting the memorial inscription of over 1900 memorial stones and over 3000 names. We originally planned to do it over 2 years, however because of the tireless work of our wonderful volunteers it soon became clear that we could do it in one. And so at the end of September 2018 we had finished at the cemetery noting down all the inscriptions. As with the first part many, many more hours have been spent typing and checking in order to make it ready for publishing both here on the website and for printing.
Sadly there are many many more unmarked graves which we have been unable to record. It was enjoyable but at times a challenge. Many of the inscriptions were virtually illegible. All the more reason to do this job sooner rather than later. Anyone who has done any family history research will know how important this sort of information is and the need to record it.
Cheryl Cooper, Janet Cross and Sharon Bosworth for putting in many hours work to turn an idea into a reality and for planning and overseeing the project, entering the information into spreadsheets and checking the many entries.
For the production of this booklet:
U3A Volunteers, without whom this book would have taken many more months to be completed.
Stapleford & District U3A for their help and supporting this project.
Stapleford Town council for providing a grant to finance printing of the 1st book. Cllr. John Longdon for providing a grant from his Divisional Grant to finance printing of the 2nd book. Mastaprint, Long Eaton for printing the 1st book PlusPrint, Long Eaton for printing the 2nd book. If you would like to know more about the project or Stapleford U3A you will find more information and contact details on their website. https://u3asites.org.uk/stapleford/welcome
You will find links to spreadsheets with transcribed inscriptions on the ‘Sections’ page of this website.
Sharon Bosworth, Family History coordinator, Stapleford U3A