Faced with heavy upkeep costs, declining income and increasing vandalism, the Municipal Services Committee decided in 1984 to close the Cemetery, clear away most of the memorials, and grass the site over. A campaign was started, led by Sylvia Barnard, and joined by local residents, relatives of the dead, ecologists and historians who united to oppose this plan, and in 1985 it was scrapped. It was agreed that the Friends of Beckett Street Cemetery, formed by Sylvia that year, would help and advise the officers of Leeds City Council in establishing a Management Plan which would ease maintenance and benefit wildlife in this heavily populated area.

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As part of the National Cemeteries Week, the Friends of Beckett Street Cemetery will repeat the Women in Beckett Street Cemetery Tour (originally held on International Women's Day). The second tour will be again be given by Sylvia Hodges on 8th May 2022. The lives and professions of women buried there will be discussed as we take a one hour walk around looking at their memorials. Meet at the Notice Board, near the main gate, at 2pm. All welcome.

Care re uneven surfaces, please wear sturdy shoes/boots/trainers.

This year’s Annual General Meeting will be at the Thackray Museum of Medicine, in person once again! It will be preceded by a short tour around the Cemetery at 1.15pm (meet by the notice board), and followed by Alun Pugh’s talk, ‘Painting..Performing & Putting out Fires’. The café will be open, and attendance entitles us to free entry to the Museum, which has been refurbished since we last visited. We look forward to seeing you!

In celebration of International Women's Day there will be a tour of the Cemetery given by Sylvia Hodges on 8th March. The lives and professions of women buried there will be discussed as we take a one hour walk around looking at their memorials. Meet at the Notice Board, near the main gate, at 11am. All welcome.

Care re uneven surfaces, please wear sturdy shoes/boots/trainers.

The February 2022 edition of the Friends of Beckett Street Cemetery has now been issued and contains the following articles:

  • In the Cemetery
  • A Rather Spooky Coincidence
  • A House Through Time.. 5 Grosvenor Mount in Headingley, Leeds.
  • Dates for The Diary

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Since the Cemetery has been constantly under one threat or other since clearance was first proposed, we welcome new members to the Friends of Beckett Street Cemetery.