Welcome to the website of the Heaton Graveyard Community Project. Here you can find out more about the Project and it’s activities and background.
Although the responsibility for the graveyard has passed into the hands of the YORKSHIRE BAPTIST ASSOCIATION the responsibility for the upkeep remains with the Project Team.
The premises of the Chapel have now been sold. The items have been found new homes - the Memorial Windows sadly were shipped to America after not being able to find a `home` locally.
The magnificent organ was sent out to Australia.
Items of furniture found a new home in South Africa.
The Registers have been deposited at Bradford Archives but there is a Burial record CD which was prepared by Bradford Family History Group and is available through them.
The Team itself is vastly depleted with only a handful of members and unfortunately we are unable to carry out the heavy and demanding work to maintain the site as we would like.
Paid workers have had to be brought in to assist. This has been possible because until now the Team have been able to fund raise to continue with the Project. With the sale of the Chapel we no longer have these facilities to have these events and once the funds are depleted then the Project will have no alternative than to close.
After 11 years hard work by Team members that would be a disappointment to the community as the only alternative would be that the site would revert back to secondary woodland and all the social problems which were previously encountered on site.
To counteract this possibility we are in desperate need of VOLUNTEERS.
Likewise we are dependent upon donations to maintain the site Can you HELP us PLEASE.
Cheques can be made to Heaton Graveyard Project, c/o 15 Briggland Court, Wilsden, BD 15 OHL.
If you require any further information you can contact me at the above or firstname.lastname@example.org
For more stories and photographs visit our Heaton Community Graveyard Facebook page.
Heaton Baptist Church 2013
It was with great sadness that Heaton Baptist Church closed its doors for the last time in March 2014.
The Heaton Graveyard Community Project is an independent ‘not-for-distributory-profit’ community organisation, constituted in December 2003, and comprises of a small working party of volunteers.
The Project recognises the place of graveyards in defining their historic environment, the rich source of knowledge they hold and the need for action now to conserve this unique and vulnerable resource.
Heaton Graveyard dates from 1824 and is situated on Highgate at the centre of Heaton Village, a well established local community on the outskirts of Bradford, West Yorkshire. It is not affiliated with, or funded by, any local authority.
Guided walks and talks are available upon request.
A CD of Heaton Graveyard Burial Records and Monumental Inscriptions is available. Read more