Lawnswood cemetery, Leeds :: Shared Description

The cemetery opened in 1875 covering an area of 6.25 hectares west of Otley Road, operated by the Headingley-cum-Burley Burial Board. The buildings were designed by George Corson (architect) and the layout by William Gay (landscape gardener).

As with most 19th century civic cemeteries, the original area was divided roughly equally between the Church of England section, consecrated by the Bishop of Ripon, and the ‘non-conformist’ section, each with its own mortuary chapel (both of which are still standing).

The crematorium by W S Braithwaite was added in 1905, the first in Great Britain to use a gas cremator. The cemetery was extended in 1908 and 1919, the columbarium by A E Kirk added in 1933, and a war memorial area established to the north alongside New Adel Lane. The cemetery was extended again in 1965, bringing it to a total of 21 hectares. It is now managed by Leeds City Council.

The pre-1965 areas are listed grade II as a public park, as “a good example of a High Victorian public cemetery and an early-C20 garden of remembrance for a provincial city.” The chapels, crematorium and columbarium are separately listed grade II, as are a few individual memorials within the cemetery.

Principal source: extracts from Historic England listing LinkExternal link where a much more detailed description, and primary sources, are given.
by Stephen Craven
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SE2639 : Lawnswood cemetery: northern extension by Stephen Craven
SE2638 : Memorial vases at Lawnswood cemetery by Stephen Craven
SE2639 : Lawnswood cemetery: Edward Tebb by Stephen Craven
SE2639 : Lawnswood cemetery: bilingual memorial by Stephen Craven
SE2638 : The Columbarium at Lawnswood - cloister by Stephen Craven
SE2638 : The Columbarium at Lawnswood - memorial tablets by Stephen Craven
SE2639 : Kitson memorial in Lawnswood cemetery by Stephen Craven
SE2639 : Ethel Preston's memorial, Lawnswood cemetery by Stephen Craven
SE2639 : Briggs memorial in Lawnswood cemetery by Stephen Craven
SE2638 : Memorial rocks at Lawnswood cemetery by Stephen Craven
SE2639 : Lawnswood cemetery: WW2 memorial by Stephen Craven
SE2638 : Commonwealth War Graves at Lawnswood cemetery by Stephen Craven
SE2638 : Shelter in Lawnswood cemetery by Stephen Craven
SE2639 : Lawnswood cemetery: north lodge by Stephen Craven
SE2638 : Rondpoint with trees in Lawnswood cemetery by Stephen Craven
SE2639 : Lawnswood cemetery: Baron Brotherton by Stephen Craven
SE2639 : Lawnswood cemetery: war memorial (detail) by Stephen Craven
SE2639 : Former flower shop and tea room at Lawnswood cemetery by Stephen Craven
SE2638 : The Columbarium at Lawnswood by Stephen Craven
SE2639 : Lawnswood cemetery: John Thackeray's memorial by Stephen Craven
SE2638 : The Cross at Lawnswood cemetery by Stephen Craven
SE2639 : Lawnswood cemetery: rondpoint  by Stephen Craven
SE2639 : Lawnswood cemetery: war memorial by Stephen Craven
SE2639 : Lawnswood cemetery: non-conformist chapel by Stephen Craven
SE2639 : Lawnswood cemetery: war memorial bench by Stephen Craven

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