Our early August evening walk around Kirkburton, hosted by its very active History Group, revealed the history, legends and quirky stories attached to this historic village.
The walk centred on the village’s Low Town, stopping at key points including former sites used for bull baiting, public baths, blacksmith’s forge, colliery and a number of (now closed or demolished) public houses.
The area is centred around the Grade 1 listed 12th century church of All Hallows and the tour offered a chance to visit notable graves and the nearby war memorial gardens with their excellent information panels honouring the lives of men who lost their lives in both world wars.
Over supper the group outlined the Church of England’s ambitious plan (now funded nationally) to map all of their burial grounds and churchyards using the latest laser scanning techniques. All Hallows’ Churchyard was chosen as a pilot for this exciting new technology and the detailed results of this can be found at: https://kirkburton.burialgrounds.co.uk/
For those unable to attend, the Kirkburton walk it is being repeated on Saturday, September 17, 2022 as part of Heritage Open Days (website link: https://bit.ly/3BFthcW).