12 thoughts on “Oxbridge Cemetery, Stockton. c1871

  1. I’ve been meaning to go there to attempt to find the grave of my 2x great grandmother, I have the grave number but it’s a little difficult when you don’t live near the cemetery.


  2. Having lived in the cemetary lodge for the last couple of years I can honestly say that I have not noticed any ghostly presences but trust me I”ll be letting Most Haunted know if I do!!


  3. South lodge is quite a pretty little building, but what exactly constitutes “the best around stockton”, theres some much larger houses with a great deal better standards of Architecture than South lodge, considering the age of it its a very “plain” house, other cemetery lodges around the Uk are very impressive, i visit and photograph them all. There are (in m”bro for example) some very “normal looking”cemetery lodges that wouldn”t look out of place on a housing estate. And although south lodge is nicer than them its by no means the best (from what i”ve seen anyway)


  4. I worked on the council for a number of years and also did the “decent standard” work on it, so i know first hand the condition it was in. Obviously its up to individuals which story they believe but apparently there has been issues with a foul smell in one of the rooms, now is that because it was derelict and damp or is it an eery ghostly presence?


  5. The cemetery lodge seemed to go into decline 5/6 years ago, and very sadly looked in quite a state (must have been empty), its now lived in, well cared for and looking lovely. It”s so pleasant to see old building being well cared for.


  6. The cemetery is well remembered from my childhood as with friends we discovered it to be an abundant source of horse chestnuts (conkers) and acorns in season. Everyone recalls the contests with conkers, and sore knuckles sometimes when a “miss” resulted in a 360-degree forceful swing onto the back of the hand. Acorns were for eating after roasting on a makeshift “stove”. I have maternal and paternal grandparents buried there, Baker and Haslock, interment-taking place circa 1940″s and “50”s. I also recall the pathways providing an effective short cut diagonally across the cemetery. Hats off to the groundskeepers of the day as the cemetery is remembered as being well maintained and orderly, a rather peaceful locale close by a busy thoroughfare. The funeral chapel was considered too scary, and we never ventured inside. The casket-bogey, rather spooky to us, too, was usually stored outside. We never saw it in use but could vaguely imagine its grim purpose. My access and egress to the cemetery was principally via the gates shown in the accompanying picture, it being en route to so many destinations, to school, to visit school-friends, to “hike” to The Regal, The Cinema, The Globe, The Empire, (and was it “The Grand”, a rather dingy picture-house on a side street off the river side of the High Street?) or to market when boiled sweets at a penny a quarter was the going rate. I also bought broken biscuits (of all things, but a treat to me), from a stall (Marsh”s; “the biscuit people” was their slogan) in the busy market on Wednesdays and Saturdays – the way to make a penny go a long way! Back to the Cemetery! None of the monuments were, to my mind, distinguished enough to be recalled clearly today, but their variety in shape and size was impressive enough in mind”s eye. I dimly recall an area not yet fully occupied by burial plots, but no doubt the cemetery has reached full capacity today. Or is it still in use?


  7. My great great grandfather Robert Gent was sextant at the cemetery and lived in the cottages in Oxbridge Lane. I think I have a photograph of my great grandfather walking down the cemetery path, it certainly looks like the same place


    • I have been doing some family history research and found my gg grandmother must have lived here as a young girl. I believe her parents were dead so she was living with her sister who was married to Robert Gent. Do you have any more information ? I was wondering if they lived in the lodge or was it a cottage as you have said. Thanks


      • My grandparents lived here from about 1920 until around 1950. His name was Matthew Newby and his wife was Margaret. He was in charge of the grounds and my mum Molly was born here in 1922. She loved her childhood there. There was another house which was pulled down where a family called the Harwoods lived – her best friend was Betty Harwood and she had a sister called Myrtle and a brother who died as a POW building the Burma railway. We returned her ashes there after she died in 2013 as it seemed the right thing to do. Hope this helps with your family history – let me know if you need more tales!


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