If you visit Lawnswood Cemetery from 11th November you may notice some graves in the Victorian Section and 1910 Extension with commemorative crosses on them. To mark the centenary of the WW1 Armistice, the Friends of Lawnswood Cemetery are placing memorial crosses on the family graves remembering servicemen, and women, who lost their lives in the Great War, but are buried elsewhere or their remains have never been recovered.

9th September 2018

As part of Heritage open weekends, The Friends of Lawnswood Cemetery decided to put on an Angel Walk. It was led by Caroline Vernon and took us around the Angels in the Victorian section and the 1910 extension. The weather wasn’t great but it didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the large group who turned up to learn about Lawnswood’s Angels.   Walk Photos



The Members annual tea party in August went down very well again, with an even greater number attending.

The atmosphere was light hearted and pleasant; Gladys came up trumps with her quiz, the committee excelled with an afternoon tea fit for Royalty and Pat Gerwat gave a most interesting talk on The Quakers.

I’m already looking forward to next year!   Tea Party Photographs 2018


Vandalism at Lawnswood Cemetery

It is with disbelief and great sadness that we are letting people know that once again Lawnswood Cemetery has been targeted with mindless vandalism. On the weekend of 18th/19th August thieves stole van keys and then a Council van which they then drove recklessly through the cemetery, breaking out through the locked gates onto Otley Road, causing significant damage. The van was later found but as yet nobody has been caught. Then on the night of 21st August the old disused office was broken into and vandalised.

This is not only wanton vandalism, it shows such disrespect for the cemetery and all it means to the people of Leeds and beyond who have relatives and friends buried, cremated or remembered there. It is hard to put into words how devastating this is: even more so in the wake of the earlier vandalism of the Books of Remembrance back in April.

It is impossible to understand why the cemetery is suddenly being targeted in this way. Please be vigilant when visiting and report any suspicious behaviour to the police.

The Friends of Lawnswood Cemetery are shocked and saddened by the callous and mindless act of vandalism against the Books of Remembrance at Lawnswood Cemetery that occurred over the Easter period. The personal inscriptions provide comfort to relatives and friends of those remembered. It is a violation of our deepest sense of respect and remembrance for loved ones lost, which these precious books represent. We support Leeds City Council’s intentions to try and restore them, and we hope that whoever is responsible is identified and held accountable for their actions.

This link https://news.leeds.gov.uk/vandalism-of-books-of-remembrance-at-leeds-crematorium-condemned/ to the  Leeds City Council website provides up to date information about the incident.

Janice Simpson


The Friends of Lawnswood Cemetery

We╩╝re raising £2,000 to support Leeds City Council in the restoration and digitalisation of the Books of Remembrance at Lawnswood Cemetery. Please visit:-