Beckett Street Cemetery, Leeds, Yorkshire, ENG


Latitude: 53.80670600000001, Longitude: -1.5167109999999866
Beckett Street Cemetery

Notes:
As the population of Leeds township trebled during the period 1801- 1851, disposal of the dead became a pressing issue with limited space in local churchyards. A large private cemetery, opened by the Leeds General Cemetery Company at St George's Field, Woodhouse in 1835, was unconsecrated and intended for use by Dissenters only. In an effort to provide a burial ground for all religions and classes, Leeds Corporation obtained the Leeds Burial Act in 1842, 'an Act of Parliament for Providing Additional Burial Ground in the Parish of Leeds in the West Riding of the county of York', allowing the Corporation to levy rates for interment of the dead, a pioneering venture in England (Burt and Grady 1994). The Corporation formed a Burial Grounds Committee and in 1842, 16 acres (c 6.5ha) of land situated on the outskirts of Leeds among fields and brick kilns was purchased from William Beckett Esq MP (Act ... Burial Grounds in Leeds, 1842). Three years later the cemetery, known as Burmantofts or Leeds Burial Ground, opened, divided into two roughly equal sections, one for Anglicans and one for Dissenters, each with its own entrance, lodge, and mortuary chapel. In 1849, 1600 victims of the cholera epidemic were buried in Beckett Street Cemetery; paupers from the nearby workhouse were buried in the cemetery in unmarked graves. 'Inscription' or 'guinea' graves were introduced in the 1850s to allow those who could afford the guinea to be buried in a shared marked grave, thus avoiding the shame of lying uncommemorated in a pauper's unmarked grave (guide leaflet). Over the next century and a half 180,000 people were interred at the cemetery in some 28,000 graves.

The two chapels were demolished in the 1960s and by 1984 the cemetery was under threat of clearance by the City Council. A management scheme involving low-key maintenance and encouragement of wildlife has now (late-C20) been adopted with support from the local Friends of Beckett Street Cemetery. The site is now (2001) closed to new burials and is in the ownership of Leeds City Council.


Cemetery Photos

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Leeds Beckett Street Cemetery - MI 04123
Leeds Beckett Street Cemetery - MI 04123
(Kerb)

Treasured Memory Of

My Dear Husband
WALTER MAURICE AUTY, died March 2nd 1950, aged 54 Yrs

Also MARY AUTY, dearly loved
Mother of the aforesaid
 
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Leeds Beckett Street Cemetery - MI 05962
Leeds Beckett Street Cemetery - MI 05962
(Guinea Grave)

LAVINIA AUTY
Died Jun 29th 1906, Aged 40 Years
 
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Leeds Beckett Street Cemetery - MI 05962 (zoom)
Leeds Beckett Street Cemetery - MI 05962 (zoom)
(Guinea Grave)

LAVINIA AUTY
Died Jun 29th 1906, Aged 40 Years
 
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Leeds Beckett Street Cemetery - MI 08759
Leeds Beckett Street Cemetery - MI 08759
(Guinea Grave)

HAROLD AUTY
Died Oct 23rd 1902, Aged 18 Months
 
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Leeds Beckett Street Cemetery - MI 08759 (zoom)
Leeds Beckett Street Cemetery - MI 08759 (zoom)
(Guinea Grave)

HAROLD AUTY
Died Oct 23rd 1902, Aged 18 Months
 
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Leeds Beckett Street Cemetery - MI 10395
Leeds Beckett Street Cemetery - MI 10395
(Guinea Grave)

GEORGE H AUTY
Died March 11th 1888, Aged 23 Months
 
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Leeds Beckett Street Cemetery - MI 10395 (zoom)
Leeds Beckett Street Cemetery - MI 10395 (zoom)
(Guinea Grave)

GEORGE H AUTY
Died March 11th 1888, Aged 23 Months
 
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Leeds Beckett Street Cemetery - MI 10493
Leeds Beckett Street Cemetery - MI 10493
(Guinea Grave)

SARAH A AUTY
Died Feby 2nd 1890, Aged 44 Years
 
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Leeds Beckett Street Cemetery - MI 10493 (zoom)
Leeds Beckett Street Cemetery - MI 10493 (zoom)
(Guinea Grave)

SARAH A AUTY
Died Feby 2nd 1890, Aged 44 Years
 
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Leeds Beckett Street Cemetery - MI 10637
Leeds Beckett Street Cemetery - MI 10637
(Guinea Grave)

ADA AUTY
Died Jul 6th 1889, Aged 12 Months 
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Leeds Beckett Street Cemetery - MI 10637 (zoom)
Leeds Beckett Street Cemetery - MI 10637 (zoom)
(Guinea Grave)

ADA AUTY
Died Jul 6th 1889, Aged 12 Months 
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Leeds Beckett Street Cemetery - MI 10748
Leeds Beckett Street Cemetery - MI 10748
(Guinea Grave)

JOHN AUTY
Died Oct 8th 1891, Aged 17 Months
 
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Leeds Beckett Street Cemetery - MI 10748 (zoom)
Leeds Beckett Street Cemetery - MI 10748 (zoom)
(Guinea Grave)

JOHN AUTY
Died Oct 8th 1891, Aged 17 Months
 
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Leeds Beckett Street Cemetery - MI 11214
Leeds Beckett Street Cemetery - MI 11214
(Guinea Grave)

JOSEPH AUTY
Died Mar 9th 1897, Aged 37 Years
 
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Leeds Beckett Street Cemetery - MI 11214 (zoom)
Leeds Beckett Street Cemetery - MI 11214 (zoom)
(Guinea Grave)

JOSEPH AUTY
Died Mar 9th 1897, Aged 37 Years
 
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Leeds Beckett Street Cemetery - MI 20778
Leeds Beckett Street Cemetery - MI 20778
(Guinea Grave)

1920
JOSEPH AUTY May 6th 5 Weeks
 
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Leeds Beckett Street Cemetery - MI 20778 (zoom)
Leeds Beckett Street Cemetery - MI 20778 (zoom)
(Guinea Grave)

1920
JOSEPH AUTY May 6th 5 Weeks
 
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Leeds Beckett Street Cemetery - MI 22138
Leeds Beckett Street Cemetery - MI 22138
In
Loving Memory Of
CHARLES
The only beloved son of
FREDK. and JANE ANN AUTY
Died Dec 6th 1908, aged 7 Yrs
Also the above JANE ANN
Died March 1st 1925, aged 57 Yrs
Also FREDRICK
Beloved husband of above
Died Jan 11th 1940
Aged 68 Years
 
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Leeds Beckett Street Cemetery - MI 22424
Leeds Beckett Street Cemetery - MI 22424
(Guinea Grave)

SOLOMON AUTY
Died Nov 8th 1890, Aged 77 Years
 
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Leeds Beckett Street Cemetery - MI 22424 (zoom)
Leeds Beckett Street Cemetery - MI 22424 (zoom)
(Guinea Grave)

SOLOMON AUTY
Died Nov 8th 1890, Aged 77 Years
 
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Leeds Beckett Street Cemetery - MI 22453
Leeds Beckett Street Cemetery - MI 22453
(Guinea Grave)

ALICE AUTY died May 4th 1890 aged 62 Yrs 
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Leeds Beckett Street Cemetery - MI 23352
Leeds Beckett Street Cemetery - MI 23352
(Guinea Grave)

CHARLES AUTY
Died Dec 6th 1908, Aged 7 Years
 
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Leeds Beckett Street Cemetery - MI 23352 (zoom)
Leeds Beckett Street Cemetery - MI 23352 (zoom)
(Guinea Grave)

CHARLES AUTY
Died Dec 6th 1908, Aged 7 Years
 
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Leeds Beckett Street Cemetery - MI 23390
Leeds Beckett Street Cemetery - MI 23390
(Guinea Grave)

GEORGIA AUTY
Died Jun 6th 1904, Aged 37 Years

 
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Leeds Beckett Street Cemetery - MI 23390 (zoom)
Leeds Beckett Street Cemetery - MI 23390 (zoom)
(Guinea Grave)

GEORGIA AUTY
Died Jun 6th 1904, Aged 37 Years
 


All Burials

 #   Last Name, Given Name(s)   Buried   Person ID 
1. AUTEY, George   bur. 25 Apr 1858 Leeds, Beckett Street Cemetery, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location I8646
2. AUTEY, John   bur. 15 Oct 1849 Leeds, Beckett Street Cemetery, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location I4108
3. AUTEY, Joseph   bur. 6 Sep 1857 Leeds, Beckett Street Cemetery, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location I2069
4. AUTEY, Margaret Jane   bur. 18 Apr 1876 Leeds, Beckett Street Cemetery, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location I2581
5. AUTEY, May Bland   bur. 28 Jul 1876 Leeds, Beckett Street Cemetery, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location I5278
6. AUTEY, Ruth   bur. 11 Jun 1860 Leeds, Beckett Street Cemetery, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location I8647
7. AUTY, Ada   bur. 8 Jul 1889 Leeds, Beckett Street Cemetery, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location I8640
8. AUTY, Albert   bur. 6 Nov 1894 Leeds, Beckett Street Cemetery, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location I9362
9. AUTY, Alice   bur. 13 Aug 1891 Leeds, Beckett Street Cemetery, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location I5456
10. AUTY, Amanda   bur. 27 Aug 1866 Leeds, Beckett Street Cemetery, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location I8648
11. AUTY, Charles   bur. 26 Mar 1872 Leeds, Beckett Street Cemetery, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location I2186
12. AUTY, Charles   bur. 9 Dec 1908 Leeds, Beckett Street Cemetery, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location I3073
13. AUTY, Elizabeth   bur. 30 Apr 1854 Leeds, Beckett Street Cemetery, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location I5276
14. AUTY, Emma   bur. 12 Sep 1871 Leeds, Beckett Street Cemetery, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location I2213
15. AUTY, Florence   bur. 4 Sep 1867 Leeds, Beckett Street Cemetery, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location I8638
16. AUTY, Fredrick   bur. 15 Jan 1940 Leeds, Beckett Street Cemetery, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location I1884
17. AUTY, George Henry   bur. 13 Mar 1888 Leeds, Beckett Street Cemetery, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location I8639
18. AUTY, Harold   bur. 26 Oct 1902 Leeds, Beckett Street Cemetery, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location I8643
19. AUTY, John   bur. 14 Aug 1881 Leeds, Beckett Street Cemetery, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location I2295
20. AUTY, John   bur. 11 Oct 1891 Leeds, Beckett Street Cemetery, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location I4125
21. AUTY, Joseph   bur. 15 Mar 1897 Leeds, Beckett Street Cemetery, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location I2525
22. AUTY, Joseph   bur. 7 Aug 1849 Leeds, Beckett Street Cemetery, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location I8644
23. AUTY, Joseph   bur. 21 Feb 1888 Leeds, Beckett Street Cemetery, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location I9330
24. AUTY, Joseph Ronald   bur. 25 Jul 1896 Leeds, Beckett Street Cemetery, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location I8641
25. AUTY, Lilian   bur. 28 Oct 1884 Leeds, Beckett Street Cemetery, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location I5275
26. AUTY, Mary Elizabeth   bur. 14 Oct 1849 Leeds, Beckett Street Cemetery, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location I5313
27. AUTY, Sarah Ann   bur. 5 Feb 1890 Leeds, Beckett Street Cemetery, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location I2064
28. AUTY, Saville   bur. 28 Oct 1883 Leeds, Beckett Street Cemetery, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location I9294
29. AUTY, Solomon   bur. 11 Nov 1890 Leeds, Beckett Street Cemetery, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location I2044
30. AUTY, Thomas   bur. 15 Nov 1868 Leeds, Beckett Street Cemetery, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location I2061
31. AUTY, Walter Maurice   bur. 6 Mar 1950 Leeds, Beckett Street Cemetery, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location I4630
32. BASSINDALE, Ann Harrison   bur. 20 Feb 1883 Leeds, Beckett Street Cemetery, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location I2579
33. BEAUMONT, Jane Ann   bur. 4 Mar 1925 Leeds, Beckett Street Cemetery, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location I3070
34. COCKROFT, Sarah   bur. 20 May 1845 Leeds, Beckett Street Cemetery, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location I2070
35. KIDD, Alice   bur. 7 May 1890 Leeds, Beckett Street Cemetery, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location I2049
36. OUTHWAITE, Mary   bur. 21 Mar 1849 Leeds, Beckett Street Cemetery, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location I5416
37. RIGBY, Hannah Elizabeth   bur. 29 Dec 1919 Leeds, Beckett Street Cemetery, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location I3931
38. ROBERTS, Mary   bur. 29 Jan 1905 Leeds, Beckett Street Cemetery, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location I4627
39. SHARP, Mary   bur. 14 Jan 1885 Leeds, Beckett Street Cemetery, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location I2062
40. STANSFIELD, Lavinia   bur. 30 Jun 1906 Leeds, Beckett Street Cemetery, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location I1381
41. SYKES, Elizabeth   bur. 14 Mar 1904 Leeds, Beckett Street Cemetery, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location I5100
42. WHITEHEAD, Georgina   bur. 8 Jun 1904 Leeds, Beckett Street Cemetery, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location I3052
43. WILKINSON, Ellen   bur. 15 Dec 1861 Leeds, Beckett Street Cemetery, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location I2187