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
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
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.
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
Etz Chaim Synagogues in Leeds.
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