Yorkshire and the Humber


Oxenhope Burial Grounds 

Two Methodist burial grounds in Oxenhope are under the care of a local charity. The Oxenhope Old Burial Grounds Trust website gives a brief history.

Undercliffe Cemetery, Bradford  (1854)

James, D. (1991) Undercliffe: Bradford’s Historic Victorian Cemetery, Halifax: Ryeburn Publishing.

Rawnsley, S. and Reynolds, J. (1977) ‘Undercliffe Cemetery, Bradford’, History Workshop, 4, 215-21.

Historical information is also given on the Undercliffe Cemetery Charity website.


Lister Lane Cemetery, Halifax (1841)

A brief history of the site – originally laid out with joint-stock funding – is available on the Friends of Lister Lane website.

Wainsgate Graveyard, Hebden Bridge (1762)

The burial ground attached to the Wainsgate Baptist Chapel has been researched in detail by the Wainsgate Graveyard Project. The website contains a remarkable wealth of information, including photographs and images of primary documents.


Hyde Park Cemetery (1856)

This site was established by the Doncaster Cemetery Act in 1854. The Friends of Hyde Park Cemetery website includes a history of the cemetery.


Hull General Cemetery (1847)

The website of the Friends of Hull General Cemetery includes a detailed history of the site, drawing on local context and including narrative of how this joint-stock cemetery fared on the introduction of the Burial Acts.


Beckett Street Cemetery (1845)

Barnard, S. (1990) To Prove I’m Not Forgot. Manchester: Manchester University Press.

Lawnswood Cemetery (1876)

Some brief architectural details are available on the website of the Friends of Lawnswood Cemetery.

North Lincolnshire


Clarke, R. (n.d.) ‘The civil cemetery, Barton-upon-Humber: a study in landscape history and ecological impact’, Barton-upon-Humber Civic Society Newsletter.

Note that Richard Clarke’s website commonly contains posts relating to local cemetery history.

North Yorkshire


Rugg, J. (2013) Churchyard and Cemetery: Tradition and Modernity in Rural North Yorkshire, Manchester: Manchester University Press.

Raikes Road Burial Ground, Skipton (1846)

Robinson, J.M. (2017) Not Lost, But Gone Before: Raikes Road Burial Ground, Skipton, [no publisher] Skipton.


Sheffield, generally

Rugg, J., Stirling, F. and Clayden, A. (2013) ‘Churchyard and cemetery in an English industrial city: Sheffield, 1740-1900’, Urban History, 41:4, 627-646.

Sheffield General Cemetery (1836)

This joint-stock cemetery was opened in 1836. A detailed history, including extracts from the company minutes, is available on the Sheffield General Cemetery Trust website.

Loxley Cemetery (1806)

The Loxley United Reformed Church burial ground was first used in 1806. The Friends of Loxley Cemetery website includes a timeline referring to the site’s development.

Wardsend Cemetery (1857)

The Wardsend Cemetery was a detached churchyard extension for St Philip’s, Infirmary Road. A brief summary of the site’s history is given on the Friends of Wardsend Cemetery website.


York Cemetery, York

Murray, H. (2008, 2nd ed) This Garden of Death: The History of the York Cemetery, York: Friends of York Cemetery.

British History

Search the bibliography for further material on 19th and 20th century cemetery and crematorium history.