Locating an Ancestor Using Blocks and Plots
Over the years, and depending on who was creating the record, there have been several systems of cataloging the plots of Linwood Cemetery.
We are currently cross referencing the locations of people buried in the cemetery to the Christchurch City Council’s plan of 48 Blocks (plus Quarter-Block A) which came from the original Sexton’s burial maps. Plots are labeled and referred to by The Friends as, e.g. B10P21 Smith (i.e. Block 10, Plot 21, Family name: Smith).
The Block numbering starts from the Hay Street (South) side with Block 1 and ends in the North West Bromley Park border (and car park) with Block 48. Blocks closest to the Butterfield Ave car park are the Quarter-Block A and Block 36A.
Within each Block are a number of Plots usually laid out in rows. Occasionally Blocks have been extended more creatively by adding
- an ‘a’ row on front of the Block (as with Blocks 5, 7, 9, 11) and which in Block 7 replaces row 1-9 in Block 8;
- an ‘a’ row at the end of a Block (as with Block 40)
- an ‘a’ row going vertically when the rest of the Block goes horizontally (as in Blocks 16A, 15);
- a vertical row or rows continuing the Block’s numbering (as in Blocks 28,46).
- a random ‘a, b or c’ at the end of a row (as in Blocks 33, 34)
As well as ‘lost paths’ between some Blocks, finding the location of a plot in this large, complex cemetery can be quite a challenge, yet one we are happy to help with.
In 2009, following a request in 2006 from the Friends of Linwood Cemetery and funding of $30,000 from the Hagley-Ferrymead Community Board, Block Markers were put into the ground to help people locate plots. These markers are generally at the ends of every other row and where one Block changes to another Block. Despite continued requests to the City Council from The Friends, this project is still incomplete. We continue to work to ensure its completion by the Council as soon as possible.
There are also four ‘heritage’ boards funded by the City Council at the Butterfield Avenue car park and around the cemetery to help guide you to the different Blocks and to the graves of some people of historical interest. More information about these people can be found in Richard Greenaway’s Linwood Cemetery Tour Guide on the CCC Library website. These boards show the plot number at each end of a row for each block in the area the board covers. As with anything man-made there are some design errors on the numbering of the rows on the boards, but generally they are a good guide. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you need help locating a plot.
Other numerical systems are quoted on any research when known, e.g. New Zealand Society of Genealogists (NZSG) which used a numerical system based on headstones existing in 1979 and divided the cemetery into Areas and Rows.
Search below for a plot at the cemetery
the CCC Block and Plot number or a name.
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