History

DCTog_web, _115Manchester Crematorium was first opened in l892 – only the second in this country. We are proud of our long history and two of our present Directors are descendants of those who founded and worked for the Crematorium over a hundred years ago.

Our nineteenth century founders were deeply concerned about the appalling living conditions of workers in the then rapidly developing industrial Manchester. Many people lived in very overcrowded conditions and there was a need for more and more cemeteries. The Manchester Cremation Society, founded in 1888, believed that they should ‘Save the Land for the Living’ and that Manchester should open its own crematorium. The members of that Society were environmentalists before that term was invented!

The Company is still concerned today for the environment and makes sure that the Crematorium keeps ahead of all statutory requirements – constantly striving to improve standards and to embrace new techniques and technology. We have installed the most up-to-date system in the country which significantly reduces all the major pollutants given off by the cremation process. This means that the Crematorium already exceeded the standards required by the Environmental Protection Act which was implemented in 2012.

Over the years we have always offered sympathy and comfort to those who have been bereaved and our staff are at hand to help and advise callers. Our two chapels are available for the use of those of all faiths or of none. In addition to our wide range of more traditional memorials, we have recently installed computer equipment so that digital memorials can now be created incorporating photographs as well as text.

See further for photographs of our beautiful peaceful gardens and full information about the wide variety of memorials which are available. See further also for a more detailed history of our Crematorium.