Bacup was partly in the township of Newchurch in Rossendale in the parish of Whalley and partly in the township of Spotland in the parish of Rochdale. It lies at the other end of the Dulesgate valley from Gauxholme. Many Todmorden folk moved over to live in Bacup and some are buried in the municipal cemetery. The cemetery is large and well landscaped, with graves arranged in sections according to denomination. A plan of the cemetery can be found HERE.

A few of the memorial inscriptions are transcribed below


In loving memory of George Henry WOODHEAD

who died July 8th 1930 aged 74 years

Also Mary Ellen the beloved wife of George H. WOODHEAD

of 14 Waggoner Tunstead Stacksteads who died Dec 7th 1913 aged 54 years

Also of Private Samuel WOODHEAD 30098 8th K.O.R.L.

son of the above and beloved husband of Cicely WOODHEAD

who was killed in France June 18th 1917 aged 23 years Interred near Monghy

Greater love hath no man than this that a man lay down his life for his friends


In affectionate remembrance of Margaret

the beloved wife of William WOODHEAD of Ashworth Terrace Stacksteads who departed this life Sept 8th 1893 aged 43 years

Also of Mary Hannah daughter of the above and wife of Arthur DEWHURST

who died Sept 25th 1908 in her 30th year


In Loving Memory of Jeremiah BLEZARD of Heald

Who died October 8th 1862 Aged 52 years

And was interred at St. John's Church, Bacup

Also of Mary his wife

Who died November 10th 1881 Aged 78 years

Also of James the beloved son of James and Elizabeth BLEZARD

of Weir Terrace, Bacup Who died August 22nd 1890 aged 29 years

Also of the above named James BLEZARD

Who died October 4th 1896 aged 69 years

Also of Elizabeth his wife who died September 2nd 1903 in her 78th year

Also of Alice BLEZARD Who died June 29th 1917 aged 61 years


In Loving Remembrance of Robert CROWTHER of Slackgate Bacup

Who died October 24th 1888 in his 72nd year

Also of Harriet his wife Who died March 28th 1884 aged 58 years

Also of Susan the beloved wife of David Mitchell WALMSLEY

Of 10, Pleasant View, Boothfold

Who died February 3rd 1902 aged 39 years

Also of Harry their son who died June 12th 1912 in his 25th year

Also fo the above named David Mitchell WALMSLEY

Who died March 24th 1929 in his 68th year


In Affectionate Remembrance of

Thomas CROSSLEYof Eagley Bank, Shawforth

Who died December 12th 1897 aged 64 Years

Also of Nancy his wife who died who died December 13th 1916 aged 84 years

Also of Robert the beloved son of Thomas and Nancy CROSSLEY

of Shawforth who died November 23rd 1885 aged 17 years

Also of Stott their son who died May 16th 1871 in his 9th year

Also of Abraham their son who died December 22nd 1867 aged 9 months

Also of Thomas their grandson who died February 1st 1880 in his 2nd year

Also of James their grandson who died February 7th 1880 aged 9 months


In loving memory of Reuben HAGUE son of James and Ann HAGUE of Lees late of Oldham who was found drowned within this borough .. January 1903 in his 44th year

(Rest buried .. )




One of the original Co-Operative Pioneers of Rochdale

Edgar HAIGH son of Ormerod and Phoebe HAIGH

Died 25 Feb 1918 aged 6

Phoebe HAIGH died 8 Nov 1942 aged 71