Undercliffe Cemetery

(First published in 1987 in volume 3, p. 52, of the third series of The Bradford Antiquary, the journal of the Bradford Historical and Antiquarian Society.)

On 26 October 1986 Christine and Tony Chapple were presented with the Bradford Civic Society's Merit Award for the outstanding results they and the Friends of Undercliffe Cemetery have achieved since the organization was formed five years ago. It was their efforts which led to the compulsory purchase of the cemetery by Bradford Council after a period of disastrous neglect had extinguished hope of any restoration.

During the past year a £360,000 Community Programme Scheme funded by the Manpower Services Commission has brought order into a place where it had become dangerous to walk among the graves. It is now possible to offer illustrated talks, guided tours and special trips for children and the disabled. Undercliffe Cemetery, where 'the quality' once promenaded on a Sunday afternoon, can once again be regarded as an attraction and an asset to the city.

Voluntary help is still needed and those who wish to join the Friends of the Cemetery should write to Mrs Chapple at 109 Oxford Road,Gomersal,Cleckheaton, West Yorkshire. Information about the cemetery may be obtained from Alice Ross (telephone Bradford xxxxxx).