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Brief description of site

Stoney Royd Cemetery was opened in 1861. The design by Edward Milner uses the sloping site to advantage with terracing and a network of serpentine paths with views over the town. Other features include several obelisks, a drive lined by an avenue of mature trees, and three gate lodges (one originally associated with the estate on this site prior to the establishment of the cemetery).

Brief history of site

The house on the site, Stoney Royd was built for Christopher Rawson around 1764. The Corporation purchased the site in 1860 and the design competition was won by Edward Milner in the same year. The total cost of the formation of the cemetery was around £12,000. The Cemetery opened in 1861 and on 11 September 1862 the northern portion of the cemetery was consecrated, with the southern half for use by Nonconformists. The house was demolished in the second half of the 20th century.

Location information:

Locality: Halifax

Local Authorities:

West Yorkshire; Calderdale

Historical County: West Riding of Yorkshire

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 104 Grid Ref: SE100241
Latitude: 53.7132 Longitude: -1.84996

Key information:

Form of site: cemetery

Purpose of site: cemetery

Context or principal building: chapel

Site first created: 1859 to 1861

Main period of development: Mid 19th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 6.5

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