Friends of Raikes Road Burial Ground

With kind support from Skipton Town Council.

Winter 2016 / Spring 2017

News Archive


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Skiptonians Day


We have been busy over the last few months and had a spectacular end to our Open Days with the “Skiptonians of Raikes Road” event on 17th September 2016 when we had nearly 120 people visit.


10 people, including Skipton Town Council employees, took on various roles and gave out leaflets and – in the case of the confectionary maker – funeral biscuits.  This event helped to put “flesh back on bones” of these people and allowed visitors to see them in Victorian dress and hear their stories.  The photographs show some of the people taking part.




The Wade Family

We were also privileged to have members of the Wade family with us, who travelled from Bedford and Manchester.  They are the descendants of Thomas Wade, the Sexton for both Raikes Road and the Churchyard.




Open Days 2017

This year, they will all be held on the following Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with guided walks at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.  Stout footwear essential:


6th May

17th June

12th August

7th October



Our next quarterly meeting, which is also the AGM, will be held on Tuesday evening, 25th April, 2017 at 7 p.m. at Skipton Town Council.


Chapel Excavations


Having successfully excavated last year and found the back wall of the Chapel, we returned again with the same team and over a weekend at the end of October, we were able to expose all the walls of the building.  Finds included quite a lot of terracotta tiling, which may have been on the walls and/or floor, but analysis of the finds is still in progress.  It is hoped to return again next year to expose the interior.   One of the quirks seems to be that the foundations are rather substantial for what has been a small building.

Skiptonians group

Our New Sign

We are no longer anonymous!  The Ground is now identified by a sign by the gate.

Wade Family

Members of the Wade family next to the gravestone of their ancestor, Thomas Wade.

Ground Sign