Search the IWFHS Churches, Chapels and Cemeteries

This page provides search facilities of the IWFHS Churches, Chapels and Cemeteries database which includes those which exist, or have existed over the years, on the Isle of Wight. As well as giving the location of each, the index also provides an indication of its current status and location of and/or links to possible family history research resources. See notes below.

Information is presented in good faith. Users of this database should be aware that there may be errors in transcription and original sources should be used to cross check if possible - see details of some sources used. Please send any corrections or information to Antony Barton Click for email address - please help where dates have question marks, they are 'educated estimates', if you know better, please advise.

Isle of Wight Crematorium
A Barton photo - click for larger image
Isle of Wight Crematorium
(IW Council)
Station Lane
Whippingham
East Cowes
PO32 6NJ
Opened 1962. Prior to this date, cremations usually took place at South Stoneham Crematorium, Eastleigh (demolished 1973 - records held at Southampton Archive Office.)

Memorial gardens with a few memorial markers, Book of Remembrance.

Also headquarters for the Isle of Wight Council Bereavement Services, holds records for the IW Council's Cemeteries.
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For ease of classification:

  • All the different Methodist's sects are grouped together, including Bible Christians.
  • Independant, Congregational and United Reform Churches are grouped together.

Notes:

Abbreviations used on the results page are:

  • IWCRO - Isle of Wight County Records Office
  • IWFHS - Isle of Wight Family History Society
  • RSHG - Ryde Social Heritage Group
  1. Addresses given are for location purposes ONLY, NOT for any correspondence (the postcode may, in fact, be for a premises nearby given just for location purposes).
  2. Where dates are given these are only a rough indications - for churches/chapels the date may refer to establishment of the site, not necessarily the current building - for interments, these may have occurred after the dates given into family plots, reserved plots or for other reasons.
  3. C of E churches have interments around the church unless otherwise stated, non-C of E churches/chapels do not have interments unless otherwise stated.

Source information:

Although there is a great deal of local work going on to record this information, there is perhaps no overall picture of which records have been transcribed, nor which monumental inscriptions have been recorded. The Society would be pleased to receive information about any further publications or websites which cover any of the gaps in the table below. Thanks also to those individuals and organisations who have provided information to date, including Pat Phillips (Arreton records and Chapels), Janet Griffin; and Alan Kimber for many of the photographs.

Other Sources

  • The Isle of Wight County Record Office is the principal location to find the Cemetery Registers and the Burial Registers from the Parish Registers for the established Church of England, the Roman Catholic Churches, and the Non Conformist Churches.
  • The Bereavements Services Office of the Isle of Wight Council should be contacted if you are trying to find the location of a particular burial in the civil cemeteries.
  • The National Burial Index is a national index of Burial records; it is far from complete but may provide some information for other counties.
  • See also Isle of Wight Cemetery Wardens (Footprint Trust).
  • Churches & Chapels of Ryde by Tony Gale

To contact individual Church officers see A Church Near You - The Methodist Churches have their own web pages as linked from each church listed.