After finishing earlier this year what was intended to be my last project because of health (& age) problems, I felt rather guilty of not producing anything for Holy Trinity, except Burials Publications in my role as Projects Co-ordinator for Wakefield & District Family History Society. I grew up in South Ossett and so most of my work was centred in or around it.
After living for over 18 years next to Holy Trinity (sharing a garden wall) I had been very used to seeing the gravestones. I knew that The Church had some records of Interments but that they were not easy for researchers to find. So, whilst looking out of the window at some of the gravestones I got the idea to photograph all the remaining ones. I thought it would be a nice, gentle task for my ‘retirement’ :>))).
Six months later I completed my task, visiting and re-visiting, many times, the churchyard in the early mornings whenever possible. I had no intention of copying out the Memorial Inscriptions as I hadn’t got the energy/stamina to stand for long periods at each stone, so I edited them at home. Some of them were illegible and many very difficult to read.
I do hope that you find the work useful!
Whilst the Owner always uses her best endeavours to ensure the information on this website is accurate and complete, errors may from time to time occur. The Owner will not be held responsible for the consequence of such errors but will make efforts, where possible, to make corrections. Wherever possible it is advisable to consult the source material.
Joan P Smith
On the following pages are photographs of all the gravestones still standing or lying in Holy Trinity Graveyard, more than 1100. Obviously, there are several hundreds more bodies buried there but the records for these are held at the Church. I have given each image a number. NOTE: this is NOT the official Grave number, allocated by the Church Authorities. For this information please contact the Parish Office.
The Plan I obtained from the Church was an old one, before the churchyard was enlarged so I have drafted my own, divided it into ‘Areas’ (the Church uses the word Sections for their Records, but these are not necessarily in the same order that I have done my photography).
I am happy for researchers to use my material providing that it is acknowledged accordingly.
© JOAN P SMITH 2018
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On the following pages are 2 INDEXES showing the Area, image No.,Names, and Other information.
The first is Alphabetical, so that the researcher can look for a particular name – find the Area and Image number and then consult the Numerical Index for a better understanding of the Area ( I hope!)
PHOTOGRAPHS FROM MY OWN COLLECTION
(Source unknown unless stated otherwise)
Left side of Main Entrance
© JOAN P SMITH 2018