53.64 – Mary Ann, Rachel Alice and John Howorth, and Sally Hollinrake

This lancet with its still-clear ivy motif marks a grave with two small and only children, and a husband and wife whose bond remained beyond death and remarriage. Sally Haigh was born in the summer of 1845 to James and Ann (Dyson) Haigh of Walsden and was baptised at Walsden St. Peter’s in September of …

29.24 – Elizabeth Ann and Charles William Lord, and Sutcliffe Fielden (previously unmarked)

This is another of our graves that was missed last time around, and that is linked to other graves within the yard. Who were these people? Elizabeth Ann Helliwell was born in 1863 to William and Hannah (Normington) Helliwell of Square, Walsden. Her baptism at St. Peter’s was on September 24th of that year and …

57.56 – George Watson, Anthony Buckle and Isabella Coffey

Even with the few records we have for this family, they have quite a story – if only we knew all of it! George Watson was born in May 1829 in Barden near Hauxwell, North Yorkshire, midway between Leyburn and Richmond. His parents were George and Isabella (Buckle) Watson. And “were” really is the correct …

V2.8 – Mary Hannah Law

The beautiful grave of Mary Hannah (Crabtree) Law, born in 1868 and passing away just before New Year’s in 1915 at the age of 47. From June 2023: “Mary lived at the Shepherds Rest Inn with her husband, John Arthur Law and helped her sister Betsy to run the pub whilst Betsy and her husband …

36.9 – James, Hannah, Roland, George and Sarah Howorth, and Mary King

This massive monument, almost a quadruple plot, was one of if not the very first grave whose overgrowth was checked and peeled back. It turned out to be a very important one, as Hannah here was the reason Christ Church had such a beautiful and well-regarded peal of bells. The bells were bought by her …