Transcribed by Thomas Masters Hardy, 1971.
Revised by Martin Ayres and Richard Wiltshire, December 2004.
The stones have been moved from their original position and are now all lined up along the western wall of the churchyard. They have been allocated a number starting from the southern end, nearest the entrance from Queens Road.
Records kept by the Congregational Chapel, High Street,
Swanage (now the United Reformed Church) state that the cemetery was
presented to the chapel by Mr Joseph Smedmore and opened on 14th September
1837 when Miss Jane Smedmore was buried therein.
In 1877 it was recorded that there were eleven family vaults in the graveyard and eighteen family earthen graves. Nine interments had been made in the preceding decade, two in 1868, two in 1869, two in 1870, one in 1871, one in 1874 and another in 1875. A list of 39 names was drawn up showing those who had a right to be buried in one of these graves, presumably showing the relationship to the family member already interred.
|2||Francis Haysom||86||Wife and Daughter|
|7||Henry Spencer||65||Father and Mother|
|8||Mrs. J.S. Smedmore||62||Husband|
|9||Joseph Smedmore||59||Father and various others|
|11||William Stevens||57||Father, Mother and Brother|
|13||Mrs. J. Smedmore||55||Husband|
|15||James Butler||55||Wife, Father and Mother|
|18||Charlotte Cleall||54||Father, Mother and Brother|
|19||Ann Stevens [Mrs.. W.]||53||Father, Mother, Uncles, Aunts, Brothers and Sister|
|21||Kelley||45||Mother, Son and Father|
|22||Frederick John Cleall||Father|
|23||John S. Smedmore||Father and Various|
|24||Mary Smedmore||Father and Various|
|25||E. Tatchell||29||Brothers and Sister|
|26||Robert C. Smedmore||Father and Various|
|28||Jane Smedmore||Father and Various|
|30||Sarah Ann Smedmore||23||Father and Various|
|36||Alice Beatrice Cleall||3||Various|
|37||Maud Elizabeth Cleall||3||Grandfather|
|39||Alfred Ernest Cleall||1||Grandfather|
The Congregational Chapel Burial Register also distinguishes a number of those buried in this cemetery.
Date of Burial
|CLEALL, Henry||January 26, 1866||Painter etc.||Stoppage of the bowels|
|HAYSOM, Ann||May 23, 1868||73||Wife of pier master||Fever|
|CLEALL, Henry Lance||December 11, 1868||5 days||Stoppage of bowels|
|CLEALL, Henry Lance||April 23, 1869||54||Painter||Disease of the heart|
|HARDING, Albert||November 16, 1869||Infant|
|KELLEY, Arthur John||May 31, 1870||Father a gardener||Bronchitis|
|PHIPPARD, Frank||December 25, 1870||22||Mason||Asthma|
|TOMES, Eliza||August 27, 1871||2|
|SMEDMORE, Anne||November 12, 1874||69|
|BISHOP, Francis||May 16, 1875||79||Builder||Chronic Bronchitis|