About the group

We have a simple mission

As a unified community we aim to promote the welfare and preservation of the Cemetery as an important Civic site and help maintain an important part of our community. The Friends will be working in partnership with Leeds City Council Bereavement Services who maintain the Cemetery grounds. Please note the following basic principal - all members are volunteers giving their own free time. As we are a diverse community we will all hold different opinions - mutual respect and cooperation are the only way forward, let's keep it fun.

Upcoming Events

We have regular, ranger-led events throughout the year. All of which can be found over on our events page. All volunteer days are run between 10.30am - 1.30pm, meet at main gate. Equipment, gloves, refreshments provided. Volunteers welcome to join in any time they can make it along and no obligation to stay until the end. Please wear clothes suitable for our smashing Pudsey weather and stout shoes/walking boots.

Cemetery Walks

We often run cemetery walk events where you can find out more about the people who are buried within Pudsey Cemetery. We are hosting some more Cemetery tours being held again later this year, these are in association with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, or MyPudsey – please check back on our website for further updates and events.

What the Cemetery offers us

Pudsey Cemetery holds the families and people that lived in the Town from 1875 onwards. As they were a community when they were alive they are still a community now, laid to rest side by side and at peace. These were families who would have known and worked with each other. Pudsey of a century ago only numbered 14000 inhabitants. It would have been small but industrious as this section will explore. Please keeping checking in as this page will continue to grow in the coming months.

The Family’s Remit

Upkeep of the grave plot and any masonry or memorials on the plot. We strongly recommend you check if your masonry has a guarantee that is due to expire and if so get the mason concerned to inspect and fix any issues. We also recommend the fitting of ground anchors to headstones due to the sloping nature of the cemetery.

Take a look at our remit, and where we get involved:

  • Preservation for the future
  • Clean & tidy graves and the grounds
  • Respect heritage & history
  • Greater awareness
  • Involvement with local environment
  • Give people something to be proud about
  • After 142 years the cemetery now holds;
  • 100 memorials to casualties of both World Wars
  • 60 Service Personnel graves (only 48 are CWGC registered)
  • At least three Knights of the Realm
  • Most of our former Mayors
  • A whole community at rest
  • A consecrated resting place for the future

Respect and preservation

Please take time to explore our Cemetery and visit the people mentioned in our memorial section. This page has a map to show the location of the registered War Graves above. An additional map of the family memorials is currently in progress.

Please take care when exploring the Cemetery – respect others who may be visiting buried relatives and watch your footing. Some of the masonry is in poor condition and is easily damaged.

If you want to know more the Cemetery’s history or have a general enquiry you can contact us using our contact form.