Undertakers

Undertakers, individuals or firms carrying out the arrangements for funerals, have been in existence since at least 1698. The business was usually performed by joiners and carpenters as an adjunct to their normal work but eventually some of these tradesmen abandoned all other work to concentrate solely on funeral arrangements.

Many firms both large and small have directed funerals in York Cemetery since it opened. The table below gives details of those who have performed over 1000 funerals in the cemetery between 1837 and 1983 (37.2% of burials). The strata of society with which they normally dealt can be determined by comparing the ratio of private to public burials which they each performed.

Undertakers (1837-1983)

Undertaker Address (latest) From To Private Public Total. Burials/year
James Rymer Penleys Grove Street 1850 1983 4341 4539 9335 70.50
York Co-operative Society Cromwell Road 1922 1983 6621 465 7237 119.15
William Wainman & Son Foss Islands Road 1877 1959 1268 2941 4355 53.11
William Usher Fletcher Coppergate 1855 1923 380 2749 3195 49.15
T&F Dennett Holgate Road 1845 1925 1073 1724 2973 37.18
Richard & George Hill Walmgate 1840 1892 523 1658 2290 44.04
James Cook Lawrence Street 1874 1904 399 1517 1988 66.27
FW Matthews Darnborough Street 1893 1975 1616 254 1968 24.00
John Spence Compton Street 1894 1946 428 1471 1950 37.50
H Cross & Son Blossom Street 1879 1969 1094 486 1687 18.74
H Wetherell The Mount 1886 1957 1289 236 1594 22.45
Hunter & Smallpage Goodramgate 1878 1983 1332 47 1403 13.36
Joseph Hodsman Lower Eldon Street 1886 1964 1134 171 1364 17.49
George E Walker Clarence Street 1919 1947 116 1189 1314 46.93
Belt Brothers Clarence Street 1899 1958 978 223 1238 20.98
George Learman Clarence Street 1855 1921 463 564 1176 17.82