North Bierley Municipal Cemetery::
The cemetery is off Halifax Road at Buttershaw by the former Kings Head pub, now a Kinder Haven Nursery. It can be approached from either Abb Scott Lane or Cemetery Road. The postcode of the former lodge in Cemetery Road, now a private house, is BD6 2NG.
North Bierley Cemetery came into being as a result of the Wibsey Slack and Low Moor Enclosure Act of 1881 although it was not laid out until 1902. The first interment on January 2nd 1903, was that of Harry Smith the 20 month old child of Oliver and Martha Hannah Smith of Mill Street, Low Moor.
The cemetery covers an area of 18 acres and is divided into two sections – consecrated and non-consecrated. As you come in through the gates from Cemetery Road the old lodge (now a private house) is on your left and the main pathway or terrace is in front of you. The open tarmaced area to the right of the path is the site of a former chapel. The area to the left is the consecrated section and here you will find Church of England burials. The area to the right is the non-consecrated and all other denominations are found here: non-conformists, Catholics, (including Polish and Ukrainian). There is also a separate section for infants and cremated remains. See the plan below.
Records for North Bierley are now maintained at Bradford Area Office, Unit 7, Mitre Court, Cutler Heights Lane, Bradford, BD4 9JY but you can consult details of the burials located on an SL1000 Scanner/Reader located at Local Studies Library, Margaret McMillan Towers, Princes Way, Bradford, BD1 1NN, together with a more detailed plan showing individual grave plots. You need to know the date of death and work through the records which will give you the name of the deceased, their age and their address.
Arthur Blackburn visited many of the graveyards in and around the Bradford area (and as far afield as Morecambe)
He recorded the gravestone inscriptions at North Bierley Cemetery at an unspecified time in 1930 - he even added a question mark - so he wasn't sure when it was!
The reference in the left hand column is to the inscription number in Blackburn's book. We have given the full transcription of the gravestone. Where an entry says "see...." followed by another surname and a number, this means the surname is not the main name on the gravestone and you should look for the second surname and the reference Blackburn gave to the inscription. Such entries are usually married daughters or other relations.
We are currently recording the monumental inscriptions a section at a time, but have only included those in English. If you can help us with transcribing the Eastern European MIs; some in the Roman and others in the Cyrillic alphabet; please contact us. At present only the sections marked yellow on the plan have been completed.
We will mark in the right hand columns of the Blackburn transcriptions any graves whose locations are found and these will be section number and grave reference. This can usually be found carved somewhere on the kerb or main stone. If there are additions since Blackburn visited or alterations to his text we will indicate this in the right hand columns.
'ALT' indicates we found differences to what Blackburn recorded, but we have not altered his transcription - you should go to the Section number quoted to see what we recorded.
'+ more' indicates that inscriptions have been added since 1930 and you should consult our transcription.
If you live nearby and would like to help with this part of our project please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Click on sections to see memorial transcriptions. Only yellow sections E, F, G, H, J, K and L currently available.