Entries in red indicate that a stone and MI are available to view on the plan as a photograph and text and were extant in the Churchyard in 2009.

Here is a small section of the spreadsheet plan showing one of the MIs selected.


The small red triangle at the top corner of a cell indicates that clicking on the cell will bring up a photograph, underlined entries reveal the MI as shown above when the mouse cursor is hovered over the cell.

If you register on this site, there will be another menu off this one - Churchyard Project Downloads - which contains downloadable files of the spreadsheet, photographs and other information about the project but to give you a taste of what is available, here is the Inscriptions in Spreadsheet file:-

New extended version as of 1/9/16


This page gives an overview of the material available to registered users who can download the files from this site.

The focal point of the project is an Excel spreadsheet containing over 25,000 entries of burials in the Churchyard from the Sextons' records between the years 1674-1965. The spreadsheet also has a cross-referenced plan showing the locations of the plots together with photographs of the MI stones and their inscriptions (over 1,000 of each).

A download menu off this one on the left gives access to the spreadsheet and photo files.

Sample Data

you will see below a tiny section of the spreadsheet data containing only a fraction of the columns available.  As this comes from the Sextons' records, it contains much valuable background and cross-reference information, in particular, many causes of accidental death.  It is also fully referenced to the original data on the DVD so that this may be consulted to ensure accuracy in case of transcription errors.


#15 Richard Horton 2017-04-29 04:19
Hi Amanda,

Yes, we are related. I have sent you an e-mail to the address provided.

Best wishes,
#14 amanda roeloffzen 2017-04-28 09:10
Hi my first time on here so hope I do not get anything wrong. After many moons searching for Ann Denton I found her parents William Denton and Grace Horton. Going a little further back we are linked Thomas Horton married to Pricilla. The Thomas Horton parents I have are Joseph Horton and Grace Broadbent. Are they the same as Your line ? regards Amanda you can contact me on eandaroel@gmail.com x
#13 mdbeaumont 2016-10-14 19:48
Regarding BEAUMONT Location OG AM,8
Henry, Hannah, their daughter Eleanor, etc...
Henry married Hannah Sheard, daughter of Matthew Sheard on 20 Sep 1829. Hannah was christened 10 June 1810 and buried 21 December 1866 at Kirkheaton St. John the Baptist.
#12 Richard Horton 2016-06-11 05:40
Hello Barbara,

Yes and a few further back still (see the list of MIs above). Indeed, the MI of John Hirst d. 1710 still exists but I am afraid there is no record of an existing MI of your Charles Hirst. Unfortunately the sexton burial records showing burial locations of this date and earlier have not survived. If later Hirsts burial plots still exist is is possible that they were near older relatives so long as they were buried in the Old Ground south of or close to the church.
Richard Horton
#11 Barbara Hirst 2016-06-10 22:18
My ggg-grandfather, Charles Hirst was buried at St. John the Baptist, Kirkheaton on Nov. 30, 1801. Are there any graves which date back to that period?

Thank you

Barbara Hirst
#10 Jayne Wade 2015-10-29 03:31
Hello Richard,
I am researching my family tree and have recently discovered that my great-great-great grandparents were also William and Martha Horton of Kirkheaton. I just wanted to say hello to you as a distant cousin!! This is a great site - thank you for all your efforts. Jayne Wade
#9 Richard Horton 2015-10-08 06:45
Have replied to Alan to say that the original data is available but not on the website. Anyone interested in this may e-mail me via mail@kirkheaton.info

#8 Alan Tunnacliffe 2015-10-08 06:28
Thanks, Richard, for this invaluable resource! I'm tracing the Tunnacliffe family history and there are several very useful entries. A couple of questions: you make reference above to a DVD with original records. There is also reference in the spreadsheet to pdfs. Are these available? Also, there are some abbreviations I can't find an explanation for, e.g. 'Dn' in the residence column. Presumably in the original text, but do you know what this means?
#7 Richard Horton 2015-08-22 09:21

There are over 90 Fishers buried at St John's. Have you downloaded the Excel spreadsheet to look at the details? I can help with the burial locations if you are not sure of the exact locations from the map. Let me have some detail about what you wish to know.

#6 David Fisher 2015-08-22 09:05
We have visited St John's today, trying to find any information on my family. Until recently we knew very little about them, only that they lived in Hebden Bridge and Blackshawhead area. However resent research by our new neighbour has revealed that there are probably five generations of the 'Fishers' that resided in Kirkheaton. Is there any information you can help us with please.
I intend bringing my father, Jack, to a service in December. Thank you.