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Page created: 28 July 2013
Latest revision or update: 12 October 2014
 
 

Leeds New Farnley Cemeteries

 

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 30 June 2013.

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.

Please ensure that JavaScript is enabled in your browser before making a selection above.


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.


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