Tour page 6

 We are coming to the end of the tour. Before we move towards Wakefield Road, take a few steps up the path and look for a headstone dedicated to Smith and Pybus.  Two boys were killed in WW1, Private Walter Pybus was in the newly formed Royal Flying Corps and his brother, Herbert, a Corporal in the Grenadier Guards.

 Now begin to walk alongside the Till Carr Lane wall, after a few steps you will notice that almost all graves are flat ledger stones with a few tombs. All of this area, the oldest part, was closed by the action of the Privy Council around 1867. There had been national concerns that many burial grounds were too full and that they were posing a serious risk to health. Lightcliffe was no exception. The only burials in this part that were then allowed were in existing family plots. The Privy Council passed the upkeep of these closed areas to the local authorities and Calderdale Council now cuts the grass here.

You should find a larger than average grave near to the end of the old church dedicated to the Walker family of Crow Nest. The family was a major benefactor to the church and William Walker imported timbers from the Baltic for its construction.

From here towards the entrance path are many of the old graves. It is interesting to see the styles of carving - many presumably done by local craftsmen by hand - often changing as generations are added to the grave. There are several here dated from the late C17 to the mid 1700s.

 

Then look for the Holland tomb which is built on top of ledger stones of earlier generations.

 

 

 

 

 

 A few rows in from here is the chest tomb of the Guest family.  Joshua Guest became famous in 1746 when he successfully commanded Edinburgh Castle against the Jacobite Rebellion (he has a monument in Westminster Abbey).

 

 

 


Just before you leave by the main gate and up against the Wakefield Road wall & near to the noticeboard, do look for Stephen Schofield, the blacksmith whose anvil is now quiet.

 

 

We hope that you've enjoyed touring this old and precious place.

"A sanctuary for the living as well as the dead."

 

 

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