(WORK IN PROGRESS)
We are in the process of listing all the memorial stones in the churchyard. This may be of use to those who are trying to trace distant relatives, or to those interested in social history.
I have relied heavily on the work previously done by Mrs B. Stephenson who listed many of the inscriptions in the 1980s and produced a sketch-map of the site, and also Mrs M. Scaife who published a booklet “St. Mary the Virgin C of E Riddlesden Keighley Monumental Inscriptions” in 2000. Some of the inscriptions have deteriorated since then, so their work has been most valuable for filling in the gaps.
We have also been contacted by one or two people who have documentary evidence that their relative is buried in our churchyard, but who cannot find their gravestone listed. As there are gaps, mounds and dips between the some of the gravestones, we can only assume that not all graves were marked by a stone. However, we would be pleased to add their names to our lists as we no longer hold the burial plan for our church.
We are also aware that these are not simply names in stone, but record part of Riddlesden life, and represent full lives and untold histories. As such, we would welcome any information or photographs that we could add to their memorials.
The churchyard has been closed for burials, but an area has been allocated in the South West section for the interment of cremated remains. Please follow the link for a list of these names. Cremated Remains,
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Saxton: There are no memorial stones which carry this surname, but we have been given information about Saxtons being buried in the churchyard. Please refer to the page for Craven.