FREE Guided Tours of Lister Lane Cemetery – 19th Century Halifax in a Nutshell

As part of National Cemeteries Week (11-19 May 2019) on Sunday 19 May, 12:30pm-4:00pm, Lister Lane Cemetery, Halifax HX1 5JL will be open with guided tours at 1:30pm, lasting up to 90 minutes, by David Glover and Stuart Wilkinson.

Please note: Stout footwear is advisable and there are no toilets on site.

The Halifax General Cemetery, Lister Lane, was opened in 1841. It covers three acres of land, laid out around a neo-classical chapel (now derelict) and a raised terrace with views across Halifax to Beacon Hill. It is Grade II listed in Historic England’s ‘Register of Historic Parks and Gardens of special historic interest in England’, and has many interesting monuments, particularly the gothic spires and obelisks along the main pathway.

Its memorials provide an index of many people who shaped the development of Halifax during its period of spectacular growth in the 19th century, a period which defined the way the town still looks today. Some of its many stories of local importance can be referenced through publications or on the People page of the Friends of Lister Lane Cemetery website.

Remembrance Centenary at Lister Lane Cemetery

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On Wednesday 7 November, 12:30pm-2:30pm and also on Sunday 11 November, 10:30am-3:00pm, the gates of Lister Lane Cemetery will be draped with dozens of poppies, handmade by local people. The formal unveiling by the Mayor of Calderdale will be on Wednesday 7 November, 1:30pm.

In honour of the Centenary of the of the Armistice of the Great War that ended 100 years ago, the memorials of men who died will also be marked with poppy crosses.

Lister Lane Cemetery Open Day

Lister Lane Cemetery is officially recognised as a European Cemetery of Significance. As part of National Cemeteries Week 12 – 20 May, learn about its fantastic history on Sunday 13 May,  12:00pm-4:00pm.

FREE guided tours take place at 1:00pm and 2:00pm.

 

Please wear sturdy footwear and note that there are no toilets on site.

The Halifax General Cemetery, Lister Lane, was opened in 1841. Today, the Cemetery has Grade II listed status and has many interesting monuments, particularly the Gothic spires and obelisks along the main pathway.

The Cemetery has been recognised as a Significant Cemetery in Europe, one of only 13 in the UK, putting it alongside such famous cemeteries as Highgate in London.

Lister Lane Cemetery covers three acres of land, laid out around a now derelict neo-classical chapel and a raised terrace with views across Halifax to Beacon Hill.

It’s memorials provide an index of many people who shaped the development of Halifax during its period of spectacular growth in the 19th century, a period which defined the way the town still looks today. Some of its many stories of local importance can be referenced through our publications or on the People page of the Friends of Lister Lane Cemetery website.

Halifax Heritage Festival – Lister Lane Cemetery

Something is happening at Lister Lane Cemetery… View the new garden, collection of square chapel tombstones and learn about Halifax’s 19th century citizens including a workhouse master, an inventor, a singer, a murder victim and more.

Sunday 13 September 2015 at 1.15pm and 2.45pm

This is a FREE event with refreshments, brass band ensemble and a FREE bus service from Halifax Town Centre.

For more events happening on Heritage Weekend visit: www.calderdale.gov.uk/leisure/activities/whatson/event46626.html