Houghton Cemetery, Durham Road, DH5 8NF: Houghton-le-Spring Heritage Society www.houghtonlespring.org.uk

HOUGHTON-LE-SPRING CEMETERY
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Houghton-le-Spring Cemetery opened on March 1st 1892 on a parcel of land at Durham Road. The cemetery, lodge and railings cost £4,000. Prior to this date, burials were in the Church’s detached burial ground, known as Houghton Hillside Cemetery.

When the new cemetery opened on Durham Road, the Local Board of Health attempted to close Hillside, however the Rector, Rev John Grey, objected as the new cemetery had not been consecrated. The Local Board continued to refuse to consecrate the new cemetery and the Church was left with no other option than to extend Hillside Cemetery.

The issue was eventually resolved when Houghton Cemetery was consecrated in 1907. Burials continue to this day.

Layout plan of Houghton-le-Spring Cemetery (municipal), Durham Road

CEMETERY LAYOUT PLAN

Houghton Cemetery, which opened in 1892 and provided a modern alternative to the dilapidated Hillside Cemetery, is still in use to this day. The Cemetery's postcode, for Sat Nav, is: DH5 8NF
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War graves in Houghton-le-Spring Cemetery, Durham Road

WAR GRAVES

There are 38 War casulaties buried in Houghton Cemetery, commemorated with 27 headstones. This cemetery plan identifies the memorials' locations plus photos/transcriptions of the CWGC memorials.
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The grave of Horace Kay in Houghton Cemetery, a young lad tragically killed in a very early motorcar accident

THE GRAVE OF HORACE KAY

The Northern Echo of June 10th 1924 recorded one of the earliest motorcar accidents, which happened to involve a Houghton-le-Spring family - and resulted in the death of a 6 year old boy.
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Join Fyass Byuk - Houghton Heritage Society's popular Facebook group

FACEBOOK GROUP

You can join Houghton Heritage Society by becoming a member on Facebook - or Fyass Byuk as we call it. We have over 2,500 members and the group is very popular with residents, descendants and ex-pats.
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Videos and cine footage of Houghton-le-Spring

VIDEOS OF HOUGHTON

Houghton Heritage Society's YouTube Channel features exclusive videos of Houghton-le-Spring as well as footage from our heritage events throughout the year - and of course the ancient festival of Houghton Feast!
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Old photographs of Houghton-le-Spring shared via Flickr

OLD PHOTOGRAPHS

The Society has over 5,000 images in its collections. Many can be found on our Flickr page while our Facebook group has thousands of exclusive photographs as uploaded by our many members.
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