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Guided Tour, Sat 21 Sep 2019, free entry




Heritage Open Days


127 Undercliffe Lane,
Undercliffe Cemetery Charity, The Lodge,
Bradford ,

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A tour of the Cemetery looking at the history of some of Bradford's Worthies, the leading industrialists and civic leaders, but we will also include a few special people such as Julia Varley and Charlotte Bronte's nurse Nancy De Garrs.

The Bradford Worthies

A term we are perhaps unfamiliar with today is a worthy, but in Victorian times important and influential people who made something of themselves were referred to as worthies. The Bradford worthies ranged from industrialists who ran the mills and factories, to civic leaders who helped shape Bradford, and those through their hard work and enterprise rose to the top of whatever institution or organisation they were involved with. Two very special people will also be included in the tour, Julia Varley and Nancy De Garrs.

Julia Varley OBE was a trade unionist and suffragette who started work in the mill at the age of twelve and later became the secretary of the Bradford Weavers' and Textile Workers' Union. She moved to Birmingham and established a branch of the National Federation of Women Workers at the Cadbury factory at Bournville and later sat on the General Council of the Trade Union Congress.

Nancy De Garrs was Charlotte Brontë's nurse. She helped to bring up the Brontë children. Who knows what influence she had on Charlotte and her sisters. Her story will tell of how she was in the right place at the right time to be with the Brontës , and how later she fell in to poverty, ended up in the workhouse and had to be rescued from a paupers grave.

Tours at 11 am and 1 pm will last for approximately 1 hr 30 minutes. You can book your tickets via the Undercliffe Cemetery Website and Eventbrite.

The event is free but we would welcome donations.

Event details

Dates Times
Sat 21 Sep 2019 11:00 13:00


Free entry

Pre-booking preferred

Max 35 people per tour/session. 1 hour 30 minutes



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Map reference: SE 173343  Lat: 53.80528 Long: -1.73794