Municipal cemeteries and graveyards of our churches and chapels can disclose a wealth of information for the family historian. Unfortunately, many of our church and chapel graveyards have deteriorated, gravestones have been removed, or the churches and chapels have become private dwellings.
A team of volunteers from our Society have undertaken a programme to photograph and transcribe monumental inscriptions for cemeteries and graveyards in the Kirklees area and have completed projects at Lockwood Municipal Cemetery and Christ Church New Mill in the past year. In 2023 they are focussing on churches in the Meltham area and work has just begun, now that the weather is improving. If you want to join a very enthusiastic Memorial Inscriptions Team please use the Contact Form button below and select ‘MI Coordinator’ to ask for further details. You do not need to live locally. We have transcribers from around the globe!
What records are available?
Edgerton Cemetery is the largest municipal cemetery in the Huddersfield area and lies northwest of Huddersfield town centre off the A629 on Cemetery Rd, Huddersfield, HD1 5NF.
It was opened in 1855 and consists of sixteen acres, with Consecrated, Unconsecrated and General sections. Further information about the history of the cemetery can be found here.
Memorial Inscription packages, including graveyard plans and photographs are available for a small fee. Use the ‘MI Coordinator’ option in the Contact Form, above, for more details.
LOCKWOOD CEMETERY, also known as Woodfield Cemetery, is situated south- west of Huddersfield town centre between Lockwood and Netherton on the B6108. HD4 7BG. The first recorded burial was for Alfred Schofield who died on June 13th, 1902.
CHRIST CHURCH, NEW MILL is situated south of Huddersfield on the A616 at Sude Hill, New Mill, Holmfirth HD9 7ER. Burials at New Mill are recorded from circa 1831, but often there is no gravestone.
Memorial Inscription packages, including graveyard plans, photographs and inscriptions for both of the above graveyards are available for a small fee by contacting the MI Coordinator, through the Contact Form link, above.
It is anticipated that the information will be published online at a future date.
There are several part-completed Memorial Inscription projects:
Brockholes, St George
Cleckheaton St John
Holmfirth Holy Trinity
Finally, Section Three of the Library Catalogue contains lists of graveyard plans, burials and Memorial Inscriptions held as paper copies. Section Ten of the catalogue contains histories of many churches in the area.