Undercliffe Cemetery, Bradford

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Undercliffe Cemetery is located between Otley Road and Undercliffe Lane in Bradford, West Yorkshire, England. The cemetery stands atop a hillside overlooking the city and contains some very impressive Victorian funerary monuments in a variety of styles. It is a notable example of a Victorian cemetery where a number of rich and prominent local residents have been buried, notably mill owners and former mayors. Undercliffe Cemetery is grade II* listed by English Heritage in their Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in England.HistoryIn the early 1800s Bradford's textile industry underwent rapid growth and with it Bradford's population, consequently there was pressure on housing then on burial ground space and this eventually became a health hazard. As a result, many of the existing cemeteries were closed by an Order in Council. Partly in response to this situation the 'Bradford Cemetery Company' was set up and provisionally registered in 1849. Membership of the company included local notables Henry Brown, Robert Milligan, William Rand, Edward Ripley and Titus Salt. The land used for the cemetery had previously been agricultural land with a farmhouse on part of the Undercliffe Estate of the Hustler family. The plot was purchased in 1851 by John Horsfall with £3,400 of monies from the Bradford Cemetery Company and the Bradford Cemetery Company properly founded in 1852. The cemetery was designed and laid out over the years 1851–1854 by park and cemetery designer William Gay (1814–1893) and architect John Dale for the sum of £12,000 for landscaping, planting and building involving the building in 1854 of two chapels on the main promenade.
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  • In its time, this once majestic cemetery with its promenade, terraces and viewing platform, was seen as a place of importance for the population of Bradford, not only as burial site but also as an ame...  more »
  • Travelled to Undercliffe Cemetery in Bradford. Goodness me what a spectacular example of Victorian exuberance. The tombstones are enormous, they must represent a small fortune. The first burial took p...  more »
  • This is a gem of social history amongst the tombs are stories of a bygone age all depicting the lives of former notable Bradfordians. I loved the architecture and the views from the promenade. Not the...  more »
  • A magnificent Victorian graveyard where the great and the good of Bradford are buried. Unbelievable stone carvings grace many plots, great tombstones that would guarantee anyone a place in heaven? Scenes from Billy Liar were filmed here and also burial scenes from Peaky Blinders. Bob Cryer the labour MP rests here as does Stafford Heginbotham the former Bradford City manager. Stafford has a view of Bradford City football ground from his resting place.
  • Foliage & nature has been part of this historically important site for decades. Birds & trees create a sense of peace. However volunteers have a tendency to cut far too many plants and trees, which are part of the historic site . Please stop cutting down all the Foliage.
  • Went there for uni work/fieldtrip and its a beautiful place, some faacinating architecture as well, just a shame all the original buildings were lost
  • Beautiful place.
  • Went to a burial here. The grounds staff are brilliant

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