Impervious as stone might seem, graveyard memorials are just as susceptible to the passage of time as any other substance. Rain dissolves softer parts of limestone and sandstone, while water entering the layers of slate can freeze and force the leaves apart.

Gravity prostrates the unstable, ably assisted by man who disperses the inconvenient past to the periphery of the burying ground. All are prone to the predations of badly controlled mowers and the wilful destruction by vandals.

Four of the cemeteries of Ilkeston were surveyed by the Society in the 1980s and the results are presented here. Sadly, many of the originals have decayed further or are no longer in existence, so in many instances the date cannot be confirmed or corrected.

Either of the two buttons to the right — Names and Places — will sort the records for your convenience.