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Leaflets about this cemetery available by post
as pack of 5 for £2.0 inc postage

19th Century Travellers and the Victorian Empire
People whose life involved travel, or who died abroad and are commemorated here.

War and Military Graves

Who’s Who at Lister Lane
Most well-known personages

Plant Stories
: Botanical
traditions of some of the wild flowers found at Lister Lane.

Map of numbered
grave plots
“Ben Rushton, Handloom Weaver and Chartist”
An illustrated biographical booklet
by Dr John A. Hargreaves.

Email for further information
£5.00 inc postage.

Published for the Friends of
Lister Lane Cemetery
for Halifax’s Chartist Festival. 2006

The Halifax General Cemetery, Lister lane, was opened in 1841. It covers three acres of land, laid out around a neo-classical chapel (now derelict) and a raised terrace with views across Halifax to Beacon Hill. It is registered on the list of Historic Parks and Gardens, and has some interesting monuments, particularly the gothic spires and obelisks along the main pathway.

It`s memorials provide an index of the people who shaped the development of Halifax during its period of spectacular growth in the 19th Century, a period which defined the way the town still looks today. Some of its many stories of local importance can be referenced through our leaflets or on the People page.

See calendar page for opening dates.

The site is also normally open from 10.30 -2.0pm, Mondays and Tuesdays. If the gate is shut during these times a key may be obtained by phoning Halifax Opportunities Trust on 01422 365 948.

It is also open 1.0 -4.0 pm on the second Sunday each month when the Friends of the cemetery are working there and tools can be borrowed or help given if you want to tidy a relative’s grave.

For access at other times contact the secretary. Visitors are very welcome and we are delighted to help if asked. The cemetery is the property of CMBC and kept locked at other times for public safety.

Please read the safety notice when you enter,



If you are looking for relatives’ graves we can check funeral records, names & plot numbers and send results for a contribution of £5 towards time & expenses.

King Cross Library

JUNE 11th - 29th
An exhibition about the cemetery
and its residents.

JUNE 27th. 6.0pm
A talk about the cemetery and its residents by members of the
Friends of Lister Lane Cemetery.

The Friends of Lister Lane Cemetery
was formed in 1999.

In collaboration with Calderdale MBC, the volunteers attempt to promote the upkeep and public profile of the site.
New members and supporters are always welcome.

Look at the calendar for this year’s events and activities, and the newsletter for recent events.

The links page can take you to other information about Halifax as well as to other cemeteries via the National Federation of Cemetery Friends, and related information.

Last update June 2012