Leeds New Farnley Cemeteries comprise the Burial Grounds for a number of Leeds Synagogues and Societies, past and present:
The Louis Street Synagogue Section of the New Farnley Cemeteries was the first to
be established there, in 1896. It contains approximately 1,300 burials and is administered by UHC. All other
sections are administered by Etz Chaim Synagogue.
Burials for the Leeds Jewish Workers' Burial and Trading Society
(later The Leeds Jewish Workers’ Co-operative Society) commenced at
the New Farnley Cemeteries in about 1900. Burials for the Vilna
Synagogue were initially at the Hill Top Cemeteries. However, following the formation of the
New Central Vilna Synagogue, burials were generally at the
New Farnley Cemeteries except that, until 1963, burials for former Vilna members continued at the Hill Top
Cemeteries provided that a spouse had already been laid to rest there.
Burials for the Psalms of David Congregation, numbering approximately 1,050 in its own Section,
date from 1935. Prior to then, burials were also in the Hill Top Cemeteries.
This "virtual" cemetery contains details of almost 10,000 burials and has been assembled from digital photographs of approximately
8,000 headstones together with additional information extracted from the few available extant records, mainly old burial registers.
Where possible, the assignment of rows and burial plots has been kept consistent with the available records. However, it should be
noted that for the Louis Street Section the early records included the burial number only and not the locations of the burial plots.
For this Section, rows and plots have been assigned on a logical basis.
The layout of the New Farnley Cemeteries can be viewed here,
while details of the rows in the various sections can be viewed:
- here - for the Louis Street cemetery and Sections O, G and CH
- here - for Sections H, HK, I, J, K, H, L and M
- here - for Section A
- here - for Sections B, C and D
- here - for Psalms of David
Details of all burials in the New Farnley Cemeteries are provided in this database, together with images of all
legible and partially legible headstones. The Synagogue records include details of many burials for which no
specific graves can be identified. This is largely because early burials in the cemeteries (particularly those of
infants) were for many of the poorer families in the community who were unable to afford headstones. Details of these
burials are provided here but do not include headstone images. In total there are approximately 500 such burials
in the NCVS Sections and approximately 300 in the Louis Street Section of New Farnley. The unidentified burials will,
in the main, be in the older areas of the cemeteries or will correspond to fallen or eroded headstones that cannot be identified.
The names of these burials are included in the Surname drop-down lists as well as in separate unidentified grave lists for
NCVS and Louis Street.
The information provided in this database includes all burials and headstones erected up to 31 January 2015.
Information for any individual may be displayed by first selecting the appropriate surname
letters from the list below and then selecting the required name from its corresponding drop-down list. Navigation
to the next or previous burial in the Section/Row (or unidentified list) is achieved by clicking the appropriate
link on the individual burial page.
New Feature: Grave locations (accurate to about a metre) can be displayed on a Google satellite image via the button provided on each burial page.
Note that, although the grave location will always be identified, the image may not contain details
of some of the most recent row additions to the cemetery.
This database has been created through the efforts and support of Lee White, Alan Tobias, Malcolm Sender and the late Murray Freedman.
It is made available here with permission of the UHC
and Etz Chaim Synagogues in Leeds.
The GPS enhancements were developed by Alan and Derek Tobias.
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