Welcome to the Friends of St Matthew's Churchyard, Lightcliffe website

On this website you can find out more about the Churchyard, the work of the Friends, and search our index of headstone inscriptions.

  • Do you have friends and family from Lightcliffe? Search our index of headstones and see who is buried in our churchyard.

About the Friends of St Matthew's Churchyard

The Friends of St. Matthew’s Churchyard, Lightcliffe, was set up in 2012 to sympathetically restore, conserve and maintain, for the public benefit, St. Matthew’s Churchyard, Lightcliffe. We ensure the churchyard is cared for in a way which makes it:

  • A place in keeping with the function of burials, with an atmosphere of respect and commemoration for the departed;
  • A pleasant, attractive place for all visitors;
  • A haven for wildlife;
  • A place that values and protects the local heritage.

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Search our database to visit a grave

We have created a searchable index of most of the headstones, so if you have a friend or relative who may be buried in our churchyard, search our database - if we have a match we'll be able to tell you what is written on their headstone, and where in the churchyard they are buried.

Search for a grave

Read our poet in residence

The Friends are delighted that Bob Horne is to be our Poet in Residence. Bob is a well known local poet and publisher of poems. He lives in our area but has no immediate plans to take "in residence" too literally.

Bob is a former teacher and well known former sportsman. He is also Chair of Lightcliffe & District History Society.


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Find out how to get involved


If you live locally, or are able to visit the Churchyard for a few days, there are plenty of opportunities to help us in our work. Please contact one of the committee members to find out more.

If you are able to make a donation to support us in our work, this will enable us to continue to restore and maintain the churchyard, providing a great space for the local community, and allowing us to ensure the graves of those buried in our churchyard are cared for with dignity and respect.

Donate here

If you are unable to visit us, please take an aerial trip round the churchyard.

Get In Touch

The postcode for the churchyard (for sat navs) is HX3 8TH.

You can email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.