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Calderdale Council

Bereavement Services
Park Wood Crematorium
Park Road, Elland
West Yorkshire, HX5 9HZ

Calderdale is one of five metropolitan boroughs located in West Yorkshire, England. Calderdale takes its name from the River Calder, which flows through the borough, and the area covers part of the South Pennines in the southernmost Yorkshire Dales.

The main commercial and population conurbation is Halifax with nearby Brighouse, Elland, Hipperholm and Sowerby Bridge. Other towns in the area include Hebden Bridge, Luddenden and Greetland. The area has a population of nearly 205,000.

Nearby, the cities of Leeds and Bradford are to the north east; Huddersfield, Dewsbury and Wakefield to the west and south west; Greater Manchester, and Burnley and Blackburn (Lancashire) to the west/north west.

Historically, the area has had a strong association with the cotton and textiles industry with many cotton mills and associated trades in the region. Many of the older burial registers in the collection on Deceased Online include trades of the deceased which reflect the dominant industries of the region.

Records on Deceased Online
There are over 200,000 individual records on Deceased Online comprising digital scans of registers and grave details for each grave (for cemeteries); there are section maps of grave locations available for most cemeteries, the exceptions are indicated below.

Records for the following sites are now available:

  • Brighouse Cemetery, 1874 to 1996.
  • Elland Cemetery, 1861 to 1996. No map available.
  • Halifax General Cemetery (aka Lister Lane), 1842 to 1962. No map available.
  • Luddenden Cemetery, 1860 to 1996.
  • Rastrick Cemetery, 1884 to 1994.
  • Park Wood Crematorium, 1956 to 1997. No map available.
  • Sowerby Bridge Cemetery, 1861 to 1996.
  • Stoney Royd Cemetery, 1861 to 1996.

Note: grave reference numbers for Elland are erratically recorded and this is due to these being the only references recorded in the burial registers.

Note: some registers for Halifax General/Lister Lane include abbreviations of first/Christian names (recorded at the time of burial) e.g Elizth for Elizabeth, Edwd for Edward etc.

Further information:
Friends of Lister Lane (Halifax General) Cemetery
Calderdale Council, bereavement services

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