I started this Website a few years ago it was to help those living outside
Yorkshire with their family history research, the pages contained an indexed
list of Surnames of those buried in the cemetery.
Over the years it has been extended
and now, in addition to the Memorial Inscriptions the pages contain the 1811
Census of Honley (few 1811 census copies exist for England), 1906 maps of the
village (other older maps will be added later), the Garden of Rest memorials
in the cemetery to those that were cremated, inscriptions that remain from
the Chapels of Honley and the Burial Book.
The Burial Book was put on to
microfische in 1999 and contains over 8000 names, as the remaining headstones
in the cemetery only generate 3000 names the missing 5000 are contained in
the Book. The years 1857 to 1935 have been transcribed and are now on this
The Future. First, the past. The
reason for recording the inscriptions at Honley Cemetery was the possibility
of its disappearance. The Church felt unable to maintain it due to its size
and also the dangerous condition of certain areas, it is a large cemetery for
a village (township) being almost 4 acres and contains a mortuary chapel
(with pews) which is very rare.
The church would like the local
municipal authority to have responsibility for its upkeep but the problem
with this, is that when they get tired of the expense, after a period of 10
(?) years they can dispose of it and redevelop the land; so many of my
ancestors are buried there that recording the inscriptions became the
The cemetery is in a beautiful
setting, the surrounding trees abound with Woodpeckers in the spring, an
oasis in the industrial heartland of Yorkshire and worth a visit. (The Last
of Summer Wine series was filmed in this area).
The work of recording the
inscriptions has been done by myself Glynn Burhouse, Rita Walker and (the
late) Alan Broadbent (both of Honley). I was born in the village and my
ancestors arrived there around 1740 probably from Ireland (Weavers,
Clothiers, Mill Owners and Bakers)
of this website is held by the author
Update 1st July 2013.
The old website provider has gone
out of business but thanks to RootsWeb the pages can be seen again.
There is still a little tidying up to do with the presentation on the pages but the content is unchanged.
Please do not steal pages from this website and put them on yours as some have done. There are plenty of other cemeteries awaiting transcription.