View of the Undercliffe Cemetery Promenade

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Bradford International Film Festival

We were thrilled when the Bradford International Film Festival used a photograph taken at Undercliffe Cemetery as their main identity and publicity photograph for the 2011 Festival (16-27 March). This stunning photograph shows part of the "Historic Core" looking west from the Swithen Anderton, a Woolstapler, was one of Bradford's Victorian "wool barons", and a Bradford Magistrate. The memorial, designed in the Gothic style, is a scaled down version of the Scott Monument in Edinburgh. It is one of six monuments in Undercliffe listed by English Heritage as of special historic interest.

Bradford International Film Festival

Bradford International Film Festival Identity, 2011, National Media Museum

Live Art Light Illumination

You are invited to a Live Art Light Illumination of Undercliffe Cemetery

Thursday 26th May 8.00pm - 10.00pm

Featuring the Bradford Festival Choral Society. Come and see what Bradford has been hiding...

Come and witness Bradford’s undiscovered English Heritage Grade 11* listed site lit up in all its glory for one night only and collectively we can celebrate the rich history of our great city. Together we can be proud of our cultural history and endeavour to move forward in presenting the positive side of Bradford.

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Spring is here... the grass is growing... can you help?

We desperately need new volunteers to help out with our grounds maintenance work over the spring and summer. Why not come and join a small but committed team and help us with strimming, mowing, maintaining paths, planting…and much more?

There is no minimum time commitment - we welcome all support. Some volunteers offer a few hours per week others come in for one or more days each week. All new volunteers will receive support and training – so no previous experience is needed.

If you are interesting in becoming a volunteer or would like to discuss becoming a volunteer in more detail please contact us.

A Makeover for the Lodge!

During April and May we have had the builders in to enhance and upgrade the facilities at the Lodge. The work is now nearing completion and involves creating a new kitchen area, upgrading toilet facilities, fitting out a new toilet for people with disabilities, improved heating and lighting, new flooring to some areas, and redecoration of the main meeting room and office.

This work has been made possible through a grant from Bradford Metropolitan District Council Bolton and Undercliffe Ward Investment Fund together with match funding from Undercliffe Cemetery Charity’s own resources.

The refurbishment work ensures that all of the different and varied users of the Cemetery have good quality facilities during their visit.

Undercliffe Cemetery Awarded Higher Heritage Grading

Following a review during 2009 English Heritage has upgraded the heritage status of Undercliffe Cemetery from a Grade II listed site to a Grade II* listed site. The following extract from their website explains what this means:


There are currently nearly 1450 sites included on the Register divided into three grade bands to give added guidance on their significance. The majority of the sites identified through the Register as being of a sufficiently high level of interest to merit a national designation, are designated grade II. Some sites, however, are recognised as being of even higher value. Around 30% of the 1450 are considered to be of exceptional historic interest and are awarded a star giving them grade II* status. A further 10% are of international importance, and are classified as grade I.”

In addition, the entry for Undercliffe Cemetery in the Register reads:

"Undercliffe Cemetery is designated at Grade II* for the following principle reasons:

A fine example of a late private cemetery (1852-54) for a provincial city

Designed by William Gay, a noted Cemetery designer, a Picturesque informal path pattern leading from the entrances is focussed on the central formal promenade

The cemetery layout survives relatively intact despite the loss of the original two chapels and lodges

The core contains many grand 19th century monuments to Bradford's leading citizens; markers elsewhere include paupers' graves."