Over the next few days, Deceased Online will be adding records for the final three sites in its Calderdale Collection. In my latest post, I look further at these West Yorkshire cemeteries and their extensive records.
|Sowerby Bridge by Bolton Brow by Malcolm Street, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4026626ion|
As you may know from my first post on the Calderdale Collection and the recent update, so far records for the following cemeteries have been uploaded to the Deceased Online database:
- Brighouse Cemetery, Lightcliffe Road, Brighouse HD6 2HH (1874-1996)
- Elland Cemetery, Exley Lane, Elland HX5 0SW (1861-1996)
- Halifax General/ Lister Lane Cemetery, Lister Lane, Halifax (1842-1962)
- Luddenden Cemetery, Stocks Lane, Luddenden HX2 6PR (1860-1996)
- Rastrick Cemetery, Carr Green Lane, Rastrick HD6 3LT (1884-1994)
The last three sites to be added are:
- Park Wood Crematorium, Park Road, Elland HX5 9HZ (1956-1997)
- Sowerby Bridge Cemetery, Sowerby New Road, Sowerby HX6 1DY (1861-1992)
- Stoney Royd Cemetery, Water Lane, Halifax HX3 9HR (1861-1995)
These large record sets comprise 137,000 records out of a total of 204,000 for the whole collection. They are wonderfully detailed - often giving names, dates, addresses and occupations - and offer an insight into the social histories of the respective locations.
The only crematorium in the collection, Park Wood, opened in 1956 and is located just outside of Elland town centre. The crematorium, which contains two chapels, featured in the critically-acclaimed BBC television series, Happy Valley, earlier this year.
Stoney Royd Cemetery lies in the large town of Halifax. The site was originally home to a Georgian house, Stoney Royd, but was sold to the Corporation in 1860. The house was demolished in the late 1900s. Opening in 1861, the cemetery was consecrated on 11th September 1862. The southern part was used for nonconformists. The cemetery was designed by Edward Milner and much of his carefully planned artistry is still in evidence today, such as the terracing, obelisks and three gate lodges.
Just over three miles from Halifax is Sowerby Bridge Cemetery, which also opened in 1861.
Sources: History of Sowerby Bridge based on John A. Hargreaves, Sowerby Bridge in Old Photographs (Smith Settle Ltd.); In Sowerby Bridge website