Friends of Guiseley Cemetery

Friends of Guiseley Cemetery on a Saturday morning working party.

Friends of Guiseley Cemetery on a recent working party morning.

Guiseley Cemetery was opened in 1922 with its first interment taking place in the July of that year. The fields in which the cemetery is situated originally belonged to Mr Craven Cooper and indeed the first interment was of, Mrs Cooper, his wife. Previously the fields were known as the "nooks".The first interment was conducted by the rev. A. Langford Jones, curate of Guiseley St . Oswalds Church. Prior the commttal the grave was consecrated by the officiating clergyman.Mr. & Mrs. Cooper had previously farmed the land for over thirty years, it combined some eight acres of grass land. Guiseley cemetery was firstly maintained by Aireborough Urban District Council and thereafter by Leeds City Council.

Friends of Guiseley Cemetery was formed by many local organisations and Guiseley residents and, working with the Cemeteries Department of Leeds city council, an Action Plan was drawn up - the Plan included the demolition of the derelict stone building situated at the entance to the Cemetery, the cutting back of overgrown shrubs and trees, the placing of a Memorial Stone to remember those who were buried in unmarked graves, the provision of better Waste Bins, more Seating, the repair and painting of the wrought iron Gates and the making of a quiet Garden. Some of these we have already managed to complete, some are stil in the planning stage.

The Friends of Guiseley Cemetery would be interested in any suggestions from you where you feelfurther Action is needed. Would you consider joining the Friends of Guiseley cemetery and help us with our Action Plan?

Various ways you can help

  • By joining one of working parties.
  • By planting bulbs.
  • By letting us know if you have any special memories of Guiseley Cemetery.
  • By letting us see any old photographs of Guiseley Cemetery you may have in your possession.
  • By holding a fund raising event i.e. Coffee mornings , etc...
  • Tell us about any interesting schemes you have noticed or heard about in other cemeteries that we could incorporate here in Guiseley.

But we would especially like your good wishes and continued interest and support in our work here at Guiseley Cemetery.

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Friends of Guiseley Cemetery on a recent working party morning.

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