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Welcome to our new website

Undercliffe Cemetery Charity welcomes you to our new look website. This is an important step in safeguarding the future of our amazing Grade II* Listed Heritage site.

This new development links the rise of the Industrial Revolution and the Victorian Age to today via the technologies the 21st century’s ‘Industrial Revolution’. The site makes it easier for us to enjoy, study and learn from the many different fascinating aspects of this past, present, and future time capsule.

In partnership with Ascensor our redesigned website will help you get the most out of your visit.

Dr. Julien Litten, a noted authority on funerary history places wrote;

“ Undercliffe  is at the zenith of British cemeteries. It is an enigmatic place which evokes awe, mystery and wonder.

The 26-acre site is managed, tended, and cared for by an enthusiastic band of dedicated volunteers. We hope that you will share our passion for this wonderful time capsule and enjoy discovering its story with the help of our new portal into the past.

The cemetery, liker Bradford, has gone through many trials and tribulations since the site was opened in 1854. Since the very beginning the graveyard has held the memories of those who helped create, build, and contributed to the development of the city.

From the Aldermen to Lord Mayor’s to entrepreneurs and to the many hundreds who lie unrecorded their story is told in stone.

We hope that this new website will encourage the cemetery to be used as, it was designed for, not just a place of burial and ceremony but a space where you can enjoy the peace, sculpture, art, the gentle walks, and generous views. William Gay, the first Registrar, wrote in the lst Book of Rules, 1854

“The situation of the Cemetery is one of great beauty, and the views of the surrounding country, from various portions of the ground, are not to be surpassed in neighbourhood of Bradford. 

Whilst it will be the endeavour of the Directors, to preserve the greatest possible decency and decorum, in the conduct of interments; they also desire to throw the Cemetery open to the public as much as possible, consistently with the above important object, so long as propriety of behaviour is observed, none will be excluded from the grounds, who desire to avail themselves thereof, either as a place of relaxation or for contemplative retirement”

We hope that this site will encourage you to come and experience Undercliffe Cemetery for yourselves.

As you will see, within the pages, you can also become involved by volunteering, donating, or taking part in the many cultural and community events that we are planning

Our Lodge building can be used as a classroom, meeting room, cinema, tea room, book club venue and has all the facilities you need complete with disabled access and tea and coffee making facilities.

We are proud of the work that we carry out and we want all our visitors to enjoy one of the best preserved Victorian cemeteries in the country. Thank you for your interest and welcome to Undercliffe Cemetery

Allan Hillary

Chair of Undercliffe Cemetery Charity Trustees.

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