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Undercliffe Cemetery

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BD3 0QD

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New Discoveries at Undercliffe Cemetery

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Tour: New Discoveries at Undercliffe Cemetery

Saturday 18th September 2021.

As our groundwork team clear areas of the cemetery that have not been touched for fifty years new discoveries are made. Beautiful monuments which had been covered by Ivy for many many years, like the mother and baby monument.

Our research volunteers are continually finding new and interesting stories, finding monuments that have been overlooked, where the family have a fascinating history. One such monument is that of one of the most wealthiest men in the cemetery, and we didn't even know he was here. He inherited his father's business which was the Low Moor iron works and coal mines . His father had made a fortune developing the business and was at the very heart of the Industrial Revolution. He was also a very close friend of Joseph Priestley, one of the Lunar Men, who is best known for the discovery of Oxygen.

In addition there is a man who entertained thousands by flying his hot air balloon at the 1904 Bradford exhibition in Lister Park. One of his flights nearly led to disaster when it was launched from Bradford Moor Park.

A military man of mystery also features. His family lost seven children but one of his surviving daughters married into a Leeds family and inherited a fortune.

In addition to this we have uncovered another Bronte connection. Margaret Kirby was discovered by one of our research volunteers. She was the lady that Branwell Bronte painted and who was his landlady in Fountain Street, when Branwell came to live in Bradford. There is of course an interesting tale behind every Bronte connection.

If you think these are interesting tales then wait until you have heard the story of the Kings messenger who set off for St Kilda with a group of Yorkshire men to bring the islanders the best wishes of the King along with presents and half a ton of books !

Find out the full details of these fascinating stories and others by booking a place on our 'New Discoveries tour'

The tour itself costs £5 plus a small booking fee charged by Eventbrite.

Tour starts at 11 am and last for around 90 minutes.

Coffee tea and cake served from 10:30 am

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Undercliffe Cemetery

127 Undercliffe Lane

Bradford

BD3 0QD

United Kingdom

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Organiser Undercliffe Cemetery Volunteers

Organiser of New Discoveries

Volunteers at Undercliffe Cemetery Charity.

We are keen to make Undercliffe a destination for the living. A 26 acre Grade II Listed Heritage site which contains 6 listed monuments amongst the 23,000 memorials to 120,000 Bradfordians who created the and built the city. Bradford's history written in stone.

Undercliffe Cemetery Charity: Aims and Objectives to operate, maintain and preserve Undercliffe Cemetery for the

public benefit in any or all of the following purposes:

  1. As an open space.
  2. The advancement of the education of the public, concerning the local, national, social and industrial history and architecture of the19th century. The study of the natural history, including ornithology and botany, of the cemetery and it environs.
  3. The burial of the dead.
  4. The preservation, protection and development of features of special scientific, historic, environmental and educational interest. This includes the flora and fauna,  maintenance and repair of the existing monuments, tombs and graves.

Company’s Memorandum of Association, 1987

Undercliffe Cemetery Charity is a registered charity (Charity Number 519751) and a Company Limited by Guarantee (Company Number 1973400). 

The Charity is managed by a Management Committee (whose members are also Trustees) comprising two representatives from Bradford Metropolitan District Council and ten elected from the membership.

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