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The history of Undercliffe Cemetery

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Undercliffe Cemetery

127 Undercliffe Lane

Bradford

BD3 0QD

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The history of Undercliffe Cemetery by John Jackson.

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This is a FREE event for members of Undercliffe Cemetery Charity. Please only book a ticket if you are a member. One ticket per member.

Bradford’s population grew from fewer than 10,000 inhabitants at the beginning of the nineteenth-century to well over 100,000 souls by 1850. Small wonder therefore that William Cudworth, the Bradford historian, referred to the opening of Undercliffe Cemetery in 1854 as “a most desirable boon.”

This talk traces the early history of Undercliffe Cemetery; its popularity; and its demise in the 1970s when the Bradford Cemetery Company was declared insolvent. It recounts public spirited efforts to save and preserve the cemetery, and discusses the ongoing work and activities of the Undercliffe Cemetery Charity.

In recent years the hard-working grounds volunteers and the industrious voluntary research team members have unearthed (pun intended!) several interesting memorials and stories connected with the cemetery’s ‘inhabitants’. These will be touched upon, and Members will be invited to ask questions throughout the talk.

As we do not know if any restrictions will be in place in August regarding gathering indoors, we are taking the precaution of limiting the number that can attend to fifteen and asking all those that do attend to take precautions by using face masks and hand sanitiser, along with social distancing.

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Undercliffe Cemetery

127 Undercliffe Lane

Bradford

BD3 0QD

United Kingdom

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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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