South Parade Methodist Graveyard, Halifax

There was a large burial ground attached to South Parade Methodist Chapel.

On 15th April 1812, the Luddite Samuel Hartley was buried here after being killed in the attack on William Cartwright's mill at Rawfolds. The minister, Rev Jabez Bunting, refused to conduct the service and his assistant performed the ceremony.

The following people, and/or members of their family, are recorded here:

Christopher Ibbotson Aked [1765-1829]
Joseph Bedforth [1804-1869]
Luke Crossley [1755-1798]
Mary wife of John Gledhill
George Hartley [1781-1829]
Nicholas Liddle [1744-1817]
William Marchant [1777-1836]
Thomas Mitchell [1810-1892]
Blakey Spencer [1718-1787]
Joseph Thompson [17??-1812]
Thomas Walker [1787-1832]

In the 1870s, the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway demanded the compulsory purchase of the graveyard to enable expansion of the adjacent goods yard. The Trustees of the Chapel took the case to the House of Lords, but this resulted in the rail company being forced to buy the entire site, which it did in 1878.

The Chapel closed in 1880.

When the Burial Ground closed, the remains were transferred and reinterred at Stoney Royd Cemetery [April 1883].

The work was done by contractors – Parkinson & Bower – on behalf of the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway who had obtained a plot of ground at Stoney Royd for that purpose.

The stones in the new burial ground were laid out side by side in rows, and the layout of the transferred graves at Stoney Royd was exactly the same as in the original churchyard

These are mainly flat slabs, very uneven and treacherous to walk on.

The area was once fenced with wrought iron railings, and gates at the left-hand corner

Some of the monumental inscriptions in the graveyard are shown in the CD entitled Halifax Monumental Inscriptions #4

© Malcolm Bull 2022
Revised 19:39 / 31st August 2022 / 4633

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