Hartshill Cemetery (reflecting the values of Victorian Society)
There was a lodge at each entrance to the cemetery from Queens Road - the southern lodge for the cemetery sexton, the northern lodge for the cemetery registrar. The registrarís lodge also contained the cemetery office which was fitted with a large safe for the registers and deed books.
When the cemetery committee advertised for a registrar in May 1884 there were 99 applicants for the position. Mr W H Geen was appointed at a salary of £75 per annum with his residence free of rent, rates and taxes. The salary was later increased to £80 (in 1901), £90 in 1903, and £100 in 1907.
In the 1891 census returns the occupiers of the two lodges were recorded as:
Queens Road [Registrar's Lodge]:
Name Position Status Age Employment Place of Birth William H Geen Head Married 60 Stoke Borough Cemetery Registrar Somerset, Dunster Elizabeth Geen Wife Married 62 Kent, Dover Emily Geen Daughter Single 34 Staffs, Tunstall Elizabeth Geen Daughter Single 27 Elementary Schoolmistress Staffs, Newcastle Annie Geen Daughter Single 25 Elementary Schoolmistress Staffs, Fenton Annie Geen Dau-in-Law Married 29 Lancs, Manchester Wilfred Geen Grandson Single 2 Lancs, Manchester
Queens Road [Sexton's Lodge]:
Name Position Status Age Employment Place of Birth William Wright Head Married 53 Sexton - Borough Cemetery Staffs, Tittensor Mary Wright Wife Married 43 Staffs, Hulme End
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