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Churches and Cemeteries

  1. About the Forest of Dean, GLS
  2. Abbey Dore, HER
  3. Abenhall, GLS
  4. Aberdare St John, GLA
  5. Abson St James, GLS
  6. Aldgate St Botolph's, LON
  7. Alverstoke St Mary's, HAM
  8. Ashton Cemetery
  9. Aston Ingham, HER
  10. Bagillt St Mary, FLN
  11. Bedwellty St Sannan, MON
  12. Beoley St Leonards, WOR
  13. Bermondsey St Magdalen, LON
  14. Billingham St Cuthbert, DUR
  15. Bilston Churches
  16. Birmingham Churches
  17. Birmingham Cemeteries
  18. Bishopswood, HER
  19. Bochrwd St Cynog's, RAD
  20. Bodfari, FLN
  21. Bolton St Peter, LAN
  22. Bradford St Nicholas, WIL
  23. Bradford St Peter, YKS
  24. Bream, GLS
  25. Bristol, city of
  26. Caerphilly St Martins, MGM
  27. Canewdon, ESS
  28. Cawnpore, India
  29. Chirk St Marys, DEN
  30. Cilcain St Mary, FLN
  31. Cinderford St John, GLS
  32. Christchurch Berry Hill, GLS
  33. Coleford Cemetery
  34. Cornwall Churches
  35. Crewe Christ Church
  36. Darlaston Wesleyan, STS
  37. Deane St Mary, Lan
  38. Derby Churches, DBY
  39. Dixton St Peter's, MON
  40. Drybrook, GLS
  41. Dudley St Thomas, WOR
  42. Dukinfield Cemetery, GTM
  43. Dymock St Mary's, GLS
  44. East Ham St Mary, LON
  45. East Stonehouse St George, DEV
  46. Eglwysilan St Ilan, GLA
  47. English Bicknor St Mary, GLS
  48. Farningham St Peter, KEN
  49. Feckenham St John, WOR
  50. Flaxley St Mary, GLS
  51. Flint St Mary, FLN
  52. Fownhope St Mary, HER
  53. Garth Road Cemetery, Merton, SRY
  54. Garway St Michael, HER
  55. Gateshead St Mary, DUR
  56. Gillingham, NOR
  57. Gloucester St Mary de Lode
  58. Goodrich St Giles, HER
  59. Hackney, LON
  60. Hanley St John, STS
  61. Heaton Norris, Christ Church, LAN
  62. Hereford Churches, HER
  63. Horton Kirby St Mary, KEN
  64. Hyde St Thomas, CHS
  65. Islington and St Panras Cemeteries
  66. Kempley St Mary, GLS
  67. Kidderminster St Mary, WOR
  68. Kimberworth St Thomas, YKS
  69. Ledbury, HER
  70. Linton St Mary, HER
  71. Littledean St Ethelberts, GLS
  72. Llanfihangel St Michael, MON
  73. Llanion Cemetery, PEM
  74. Longhope All Saints, GLS
  75. Lydbrook Holy Jesus, GLS
  76. Lydney St Mary, GLS
  77. Madley, HER
  78. Maldon St Marys, ESS
  79. Mitcheldean St Michael, GLS
  80. Monmouth St Mary, MON
  81. Mordiford, HER
  82. Moxley All Saints, STS
  83. Much Marcle St Bartholomew, HER
  84. Nantyglo, MON
  85. Newent St Mary, GLS
  86. Newland All Saints, GLS
  87. Newnham St Peter, GLS
  88. Old Buckenham All Saints, NFK
  89. Oxenhall St Anne's, GLS
  90. Parkend St Pauls, GLS
  91. Pontefract, YKS
  92. Portsmouth Churches
  93. Rawmarsh Cemetery, YKS
  94. Ross on Wye St Marys, HER
  95. Rotherham Minster, YKS
  96. Ruardean, GLS
  97. Shelsley Beauchamp, WOR
  98. Shoreditch, LON
  99. Smethwick, STS
  100. Soho St Anne's, LON
  101. Staunton All Saints, GLS
  102. Stepney St Dunstans, LON
  103. Stockport St Peter
  104. Tameside Cemeteries
  105. Taynton St Lawrence, GLS
  106. Tickenham Quiricus, SOM
  107. Tidenham, GLS
  108. Trevethin St Cadoc, MON
  109. Tutshill St Luke, GLS
  110. Upper Llanfrechfa, MON
  111. Upton St Leonards, GLS
  112. Upton Bishop, HER
  113. Viney Hill All Saints, GLS
  114. Walford, HER
  115. Wednesbury St James, STS
  116. Welsh Bicknor, HER
  117. West Bromwich Christ Church
  118. Weston under Penyard, HER
  119. Whitchurch St Candida, DOR
  120. Whitchurch St Dubricius, HER
  121. Wick, GLS
  122. Woodham Ferrers, ESS
  123. Woolaston St Andrews, GLS
  124. Yardley St Edburgha's, BIRM.
  125. Yorkley, GLS
Bilston Churches, Staffordshire

Burgums and Burghams from the "WW" family tree lived here, or nearby.


BILSTON ST LEONARD'S CHURCH There was a chapel here in 1090 but, in 1458, it was replaced by St Leonard's Chantry. Following renovations a third church on the site was consecrated in 1733. Another rebuilding in 1825-26 became the fourth church on the site.

The church, built in the neo-classical style, is impressive due to its modern appearance and is whitewashed outside and inside, resulting in its' neat and clean appearance. It has an unusual chamfered square tower, giving it an octagonal appearance, and is surmounted with a cupola. On top is also a golden globe and weather vane, together with a fenced viewing platform. These create an unusual but pleasing appearance for an English Church.

It was the growth in industrial activity that attracted Burgums/Burghams to Bilston. The first blast furnaces were ercted in 1780, following the construction of the Birmingham Canal ten years earlier. Factories and coal mines grew rapidly, quickly followed by the housing to accommodate the workers. Bilston Steel Works owned five of the six blast furnaces in the area, which produced close to 25,000 tons of steel each year. The industry continued until the 1970's when the Labour government closed it down. From the 1920's and 1930's a program was begun to demolish and replace much of sub-standard housing in the area. This program continued for decades, building on inactive industrial sites and closed coalfields.

The Burgums and Burghams lived mostly in an area of Bilston called Hallfields.

BILSTON ST MARY'S CHURCH The architect who designed Bilston St Leonards, Francis Goodwin, also designed Bilston St Mary's (Church of England) sited on Oxford Street. It was built in 1829-30.after St Leonard's in a Gothic Revival style. It was funded by the local Church Commissioners as the Government sought to build 600 new churches to accommodate the needs of the rapidly growing industrial population.

The church, sometimes described as being built back-to-front, is most odd. Unusually, for example, the tower has been built at the east end of the church. The main entrance is on the west end, as you would expect, but that is not necessary obvious. It is also odd that the stained glass window above the west entrance appears inside out. Instead of being read from inside the church the text has been designed to be read from the outside.

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Other churches and chapels relevant to Burgum/Burgham family and the main cemetery and briefly described below.

Bilson St Luke was built of stone in Market Street in 1852. It was constructed in the Early English style with a chancel, nave, aisles and south porch with a south-side tower with an octagonal spire on top. The spire was removed in 1934 after becoming unsafe. The church was closed in 1969 and finally demolished in 1973.

Swan Bank Weslian Chapel was first built in 1823 and There has been a chapel on the ‘Swan Bank site since 1823 and was the first building in Bilston to be lit by gas. The chapel was extended in 1840 and in 1890 it was enlarged to seat 1,000 people. It was demolished in 1969.

The Bilston Cemetery in Cemetery Lane, later Cemetery Street, had its' foundation stone laid on 2nd May 1854 and the grounds were opened for burials on 9th March 1855. The cemetery covers an area of over 9 acres and the total cost in 1854 was about £5,000. The cemetery chapel, which no longer stands, was built of the best blue bricks and the grounds were said to have been tastefully laid out. However much of the land was spoil from the coal pits and tress and plants initially struggled to survive.

Bradley Wesleyan Chapel is included here for completeness as it is in the Bilston East ward, being a small village before the industrial revolution.

The list below shows the baptisms, marriages and burials that took place at Bilston.

Name Date Location BMD Minister Notes FT
Anne Burgwin 07 Dec 1828 Bilston St Leonards Baptism   P=John + Sarah  
Sarah Burgwin 28 Jul 1833 Bilston St Leonards Baptism   P=John + Sarah  
Emily Burgwin 04 Aug 1835 Bilston St Leonards Baptism   P=John + Mary  
Henry Burgsom 05 Apr 1837 Swan Bank Wes. Burial   Age 4m.  
Sarah Ann Burgwin 19 Nov 1837 Bilston St Leonards Baptism   P=John + Sarah  
Joseph Burgum 01 Jul 1838 Bilston St Leonards Baptism   P=John + Anne WW
Mary Burgam 24 Mar 1839 Swan Bank Wes. Burial   Age 53 or 63?  
John Burgwin 02 Jul 1839 Bilston St Leonards Baptism   P=John + Sarah  
Sarah Rebecca Burgum 16 Aug 1840 Bilston St Leonards Baptism   P=John + Anne WW
William Burgwin 29 Nov 1840 Bilston St Leonards Baptism   P=John + Sarah  
John Burgum 09 Jun 1842 Bilston Swan Bank Wes. Burial   Age 36 WW
Emily Burgham 14 Sep 1845 Bilston St Leonards Baptism   P=George + Mary WW
Edwin James Burgham 02 May 1847 Bilston St Leonards Baptism   P=William + Ann WW
Henry William Burgham 02 May 1847 Bilston St Leonards Baptism   P=William + Ann WW
Sarah Burgum 07 May 1848 Bilston St Mary Baptism   P=George + Mary WW
Mary Burgham 07 Jul 1850 Bilston St Marys Baptism   P=George + Mary WW
Mary Burgwin 23 Apr 1854 Swan Bank Wes. Burial   Age 9m.  
Sarah Burgum 26 Dec 1866 Bradley Wesleyan Burial J. Wright Age 18 WW
John Burgwin 18 Apr 1869 Bilston Cemetery Burial   Age 72  
John Burgwin 16 Feb 1870 Bilston St Leonards Baptism   P=William + Elizabeth  
Amelia Burgwin 07 Feb 1872 Bilston St Leonards Baptism   P=William + Elizabeth  
Sarah Burgwin 13 Sep 1875 Bilston Cemetery Burial   Age 70  
George William Burgham 07 Jun 1881 Bilston St Leonards Marriage   m=Georgina Preston WW
George William Burgham 15 Mar 1883 Bilston Cemetery Burial   Age 10m. WW
William Burgwin 03 Jan 1897 Bilston Cemetery Burial   Age 56  
John Burgwin 26 Feb 1909 Bilston Cemetery Burial   Age 39