People often wonder why Holbeck Cemetery is on Beeston Hill here are some snippets from the LEEDS INTELLIGENCER from1854 which might give some light to the problem.
Sat 23rd December 1854 CEMETERY FOR HOLBECK
Letter to the Editor “Sir, the inhabitants of Holbeck have learnt with surprise that the Town Council are about purchasing land at Beeston for the New Cemetery for their township. Surely we might get land nearer to Holbeck?
Saturday 24th January 1857 HOLBECK CEMETERY-THE BEACON ON THE HILL
Saturday 11th July 1857 TOWN COUNCIL MANAGEMENT
Mr Alderman Richardson, chairman of the Burial Grounds Committee, informed Mr Holland that a new cemetery had that day, by sanction of the Bishop, been opened at Holbeck
FROM THE BURIAL GROUNDS COMMITTEE MINUTES- Archives in Leeds Civic Hall
5th April 1855
Sub committee appointed on 21st December 1854 to select a suitable piece of ground for a Municipal cemetery for the township of Holbeck . Nine different plots considered. Now down to two; that of the late George Banks , or the Brothers Croisdale. George Banks’ land is 11 acres, 2 roods, 31 perches and 3 cottages, land at Cad Beeston Hill situated on the west side of Old Beeston Road. Brothers Croisdale land is 10 acres at Cad Beeston Hill,minerals undisturbed with the exception of 1 rood whose clay has been got. Trial holes of the strata and the expense dictated that George Banks’ land was selected.
NOTE: TOTAL COST was £7000 but this did include 2 chapels of which no plans or evidence can be found now, they were in the central oval of the cemetery . Also the land covers 10 acres, we are not sure how many perches that is!!
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