WOBGThe Lowertown old Buial Ground in Oxenhope is situated on the north side of Denholm Road, near the intersection with Jew Lane.  It adjoined the Lowertown Wesleyan Chapel built in 1805.  Together they were the first chapel and burial ground in Oxenhope.

The first burial took place on the 14th May 1807 and was in continuous use to 1908.

The information on this page has been transcribed from the excellent publication Lowertown Old Burial Ground and Life in Oxenhope 1807 - 1908, written by Dorinda Kinghorn and Norma Mackrell.  I would like to thank Norma Mackrell for permission to use some of the content on this site.  The reference numbers produced herein also refer to the publication.

Due to a recent reprint limited copies are now available from Norma Mackrell, the author.  Cost is £10 per copy plus postage.


See thier web site for further information and to purchase thier publications.

 

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Timothy Feather of Lowertown who died January 25th 1856 aged 32 years.  Also of Sarah Ann daughter of the above Timothy and Betty Feather who died August 6th 1851 aged 4 years.  Also Sarah their daughter who died in infancy.  Also the above named Betty Feather who died October 8th 1898 aged 72 years.

The inscription on this huge upright stone faces the opposite way to all other memorials and is also placed at the other end of the grave.  It can be seen very easily from the entrance.  Timothy Feather was born in 1823 and was one of the younger children of Benjamin and Amy Feather.  He married Betty Sharp in 1847 and they lived at Steps Bottom, near Holme Mill.  The 1851 census return shows Timothy was an overlooker in a worsted factory.  He was killed in a quarry accident at the age of 32 and shortly afterwards their infant daughter died.  Grace was their youngest daughter and is also buried here, but Elizabeth who married Blackburn Robinson and is buried in the new graveyard at Leeming Bottom.

See Headstone.

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In memory of Mary the wife of James Feather of Sowood who died February 16th 1831 aged 39 years.  Also of Benjamin son of James and Sarah Holmes of High Binns who died January 15th 1861 aged 12 weeks.  Also of Maryann their daughter who died February 6th 1866 in the 15th year of her age.  Also the above named James Holmes who died May 16th 1868 in the 63rd year of his age.  Also of the above named James Feather who died March 9th 1870 in the 77th year of his age.  Therefore be ye also ready for in such an hour, as ye think not the son of man cometh.

James and Mary Feather (nee Sunderland) were married at Haworth Church on Christmas Eve 1820 by Rev Patrick Bronte.

On the 12th Feb 1870 the Keighley News printed a report headed “Dastardly Conduct”  “During the present week three cows have died belonging to Mr James Feather, farmer of High Binns, Oxenhope, which it is supposed had been by some dastardly villain or villains.  It is reported that recently some food bails containing poison were found in a field not far from the place.”  Worse was to follow for the family as their James Feather died on the 9th March 1870.  In the 12th March edition of the Keighley News an article entitled “Shocking death of a farmer at Oxenhope” appeared.  “On Wednesday afternoon Mr James Feather, farmer of High Binns, Oxenhope met with his death in a shocking manner.  About six o’clock in the evening a man named William Hopkinson found the deceased’s body with the neck apparently dislocated, in a ditch on his own farm.  He was quite dead.  The deceased had last been seen alive by Mrs Sarah Holmes, his daughter, about half past three o’clock and he then went out for the purpose of cutting some hedges.  From the circumstances under which the body was found, it would appear that he had been cutting the hedge when, by some means, he had fallen over the fence into the ditch.  Deceased was seventy years of age.

His death certificate gives his age at 76 and cause of death “Found dead in a field.  No marks of violence.  Natural causes.”  The epitaph on the gravestone now becomes more significant.  The hawthorn hedges are still there.

 

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In memory of John son of Timothy and Betty Feather of Scarhill who died June 19th 1846 in the 20th year of his age.  Also of the above named Timothy Feather who died May 18th 1853 in the 63rd year of his age.  Also of the above Betty Feather who died March 25th 1856 in the 63rd year of her age.  Also Rebecca Goldthorpe their daughter who died June 21st 1889 in her 69th year.

In 1851 the family were living at Hils Stile (the old Coop Row, Leeming).  Timothy a retired wool comber was now a pauper, his wife Betty was a charwoman, daughters Martha a dressmaker, Hannah and Susannah worsted spinners and son William a wool comber.

In the Keighley Union parochial list of Out-Door Poor, the list of paupers for the half year ending March 26th 1850, gives Timothy Feather of Scar Hall,  There were 6 in the family and the cause of his requiring relief was that he was “weak in intellect, subject to fits, daughter lame and bad health.”  The amount given in the half year was £3.3.0.  Michael Akeroyd was present at the death of Timothy in 1853 but the cause of death was unknown.

 

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Sacred to the memory of Joseph son of Lancelot and Hannah Feather of Bank Bottom who died May 19th 1837 in the 20th year of his age.   Also of Hannah Daughter of Joseph and Susannah Ogden of Leeming who died December 5th 1854 in the 1st year of her age.  Also of John their son who died July 13th 1864 in the 6th year of his age.  Also of Driver their son who died July 13th in the 4th year of his age.  Also of Ernest their son who died June 24th 1879 in the first year of his age.

Lancelot and Hannah Feather buried three other children: Mary in Jan 1814, Gorge (sic) in Jan 1815and Miliah in May 1816.  Also buried are the four children of joseph and Susannah Ogden who all died under the age of six.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


St. Mary's today ~ Pictures kindly supplied by Mrs N. Mackrell

 

St-Marys Oxenhope ~ Picture by Mrs N. Mackrell St-Marys Oxenhope ~ Picture by Mrs N. Mackrell

 

The following details are taken from the publication "Monumental Inscriptions at St. Mary The Virgin Oxenhope Parish Church Nr. Haworth." Which is compiled and published by the Keighley and District Family History Society.  I am grateful to the Society for allowing their permission to reproduce the information on this web site.

Note - The reference numbers given are taken from the above publication.

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In loving memory of Martha Feather wife of Isaac Feather of Oxenhope who died March 9th 1921 aged 76 years. "She hath done what she could.

Also of the named Isaac Feather who died February 26th 1928 aged 78 years, at rest.

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In loving memory of John Feather of Halifax who died April 26th 1887 aged 50 years.

Also of Enoch Thomas son of John and and Betty Feather who died July 26th 1864 aged 2 years.

Also of Frank their son who died October 30th 1879 aged 10 years.

Also of Betty the beloved wife of John Feather who died January 9th 1898 aged 63 years.

See Headstone Picture ~ by Mrs N. Mackrell

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In loving memory of John Feather of Moorside, Oxenhope, who died December 1st 1890 aged 72 years.

Also of Susey Wadsworth his daughter who died August 30th 1893 in her 40th year.

Also of Esther his wife who died January 5th 1911 in her 90th year.

 

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In afectionate remembrance of James son of Robert and Susey Feather late of Bull Hillwho died April 22nd 1856 aged 25 years.

Also of James Feather of Uppertown who died December 14th 1868 aged 79 years.

Also of George Feather of Uppertown who died September 23rd 1875 in the 88th year of his age.

See Headstone Picture ~ by Mrs N. Mackrell

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In memory of Mary wife of Thomas Feather of Lowertown who died July 16th 1867 in the 44th year of her age.

Also of Martha his wife who died March 30th 1886 in the 59th year of her age.

Also of the above named Thomas Feather Thorn Villa, Oxenhope, who died March 13th 1897 in the 72nd year of his age.

Also of John Thomas son of the above Thomas and Martha Feather who died February 10th 1921 aged 47 years. Interred in the cemetery Oxenhope.

 

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In memory of Susey Feather daughter of Jonas and Sally Holdsworth of Sawood who died January 14th 1861 in the 34th year of her age.

Also of Hannah their daughter who died June 19th 1861 in the 16th year of her age.

Also of the above named Sally Holdsworth who died August 22nd 1869 aged 68 years. Also of Joseph their son who died August 17th 1874 in the 32nd year of his age.

Also of Ogden their son of Leeshaw who died January 25th 1875 in the 27th year of his age.

Also of Sarah Feather of Lee, Oxenhope who died November 19th 1896 in the 66th year of her age.

Also of the above named Jonas Holdsworth who died April 28th 1897 in the 77th year of his age.

Also of Jonas Feather of Old Cote who died October 16th 1944 aged 76 years.

See Headstone Picture ~ by Mrs N. Mackrell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


The following details are taken from the publication "Monumental Inscriptions & Burial Register at Horkinstone Baptist Chapel, Oxenhope near Keighley." Which is compiled and published by the Keighley and District Family History Society. I am grateful to the Society for allowing their permission to reproduce the information on this web site.  The reference numbers given are taken from the above publication.

 

Pictures courtesy of Jarlath Bancroft  

  Horkinstone Baptist Chapel Horkinstone Baptist Chapel  

 

 

 

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Sacred to the Memory of MARY the daughter of JONAS and SARAH PICKLES of Horkingstone who died January 19th 1847 In the 3rd year of her age.

Also of the above named JONAS PICKLES who died May 17th 1858 In the 52nd year of his age.

Also of GEORGE FEATHER of Horkinstone who died May 12th 1892 aged 68 years. Also of SARAH his beloved wife who died September 7th 1894 in the 77th year of her age.

See Photo (Kindly supplied by Mrs N. Mackrell)

 

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In Memory of JAMES son of GEORGE and ANN FEATHER of Cobling whodied May 11th 1837 In his 10th year.

Also of the above GEORGE FEATHER of Tancy End who died January 1st 1883 in his 79th year.

Also of ANN the beloved wife of the above GEORGE FEATHER who died March 27th 1887 In the 81st year of her age.

See Photo (Kindly supplied by Mrs N. Mackrell)

 

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In Memory of JAMES KERSHAW of Bank, Oxenhope, who died January 18th 1871 in the 63rd year of his age. SUSEY his widow who died September 21st 1871 in the 70th year of her age.ELIZABETH wife of ABEL KERSHAW Junr. Died 31st October 1880 aged 39 years.

Alice daughter of JAMES and SARAH ANN KERSHAW who died at Formby 5th June 1901 aged 36 years.

Also SYDNEY KERSHAW son of ABEL and ELIZABETH KERSHAW died 10th December 1912 aged 35 years.

Also of PRISCILLA H. wife of the above named ABEL KERSHAW who died 29th August 1917 aged 74 years.

Also of the above named ABEL KERSHAW who died 22nd August 1920 aged 83 years. Also of the above SARAH ANN wife of JAMES KERSHAW who died 27th December 1923 in her 82nd year.

Also of the above named JAMES KERSHAW who died 21st June 1927 In his 87th year. Also SARAH ELIZABETH FEATHER niece of the above PRISCILLA KERSHAW who died 26th April 1939 In her 81st year.

 

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In Memory of MARTHA FEATHER of Sykes, Oxenhope who died October 20th 1878 In the 62nd year of her age.

Also of EDWIN BANCROFT son of JONAS and BETTY BANCROFT who died September 11th 1920 aged 66 years.

Also of BETTY wife of JONAS BANCROFT of Sykes, Oxenhope, who died September 24th 1879 in the 55th year of her age.

Also ALBERT their son who died February 16th 1864 aged 1 year.

Also of the above named JONAS BANCROFT who died May 15th 1888 In the 57th year of his age.

Also of SUSANNAH their daughter who died April 18th 1915 in the 55th year of her age.

See Photo (Kindly supplied by Mrs N. Mackrell).

Note: Betty's maiden name (above) was Feather - daughter of Timothy and Alice (Earnshaw) Feather who married in 1787.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Horkinstone Today ~ Kindly supplied by Mrs N. Mackrell

Horkinstone Today ~ Kindly supplied by Mrs N. Mackrell