Thank you - for helping save the graves of old Attercliffe !

Thanks to the generosity of our supporters and to a Big Lottery Sharing Heritage Grant, Friends of Zion Graveyard Attercliffe have been able to purchase the disused burial ground of Zion Congregational Church and save it as a historic and natural heritage site for the benefit of generations to come. 

This site is the burial ground of anti-slavery campaigner Mary Anne Rawson and her family including her father Joseph Read who was the second generation owner of The Sheffield Smelting Company (TheSSCo), founded in 1760 as Read & Lucas.  Also buried here are cutlers, scissor makers, bras and iron-founders, a teacher, a chemist, a boot-maker and an entire cross-section of the population of Attercliffe in the 1800s from a time when it was an important village prominent in the early days of Sheffield's metal industry. 

To continue the anti-slaverey work of the Read family we support the work of Sheffield's  Snowdrop  Project - supporting survivors of Modern Day Slavery.  This year, 2019 our Bring & Buy Sale,  raised £276.50 for Snowdrop and £68.30 for Zion Graveyard, an amazing total of £344.80.  Thanks to all who donated items and made cakes. 

Access: At present the graveyard is only open on pre-arranged dates - please see our Events page for planned events or phone 07980 143776 to arrange a visit.

We are also organising a full programme of activities to include    

  •  Environment & Gardening group - caring for the graveyard and nurturing the wildlife. We are working to a comprehensive Habitat Management plan that will ensure access to the memorials whilst preserving the rich biodiversity of the site which had developed over twenty years of undisturbed isolation. The full report can be accessed here:  Zion Graveyard Habitat Management Plan.pdf  this gives guidance on native species suitable for this site.
  • Zion Attercliffe Oral History Project -  to collect and record the memories of people who lived in this vibrant community.  Please contact us through this website if you have a story to share.
  • Anti-Slavery Past & Present - fund-raising and supporting survivors of modern-day slavery through Sheffield's ground-breaking Snowdrop Project.  
  • The Wincobank Attercliffe connection - find out more about the trail which led to the re-discovery of Zion Graveyard, read the HLF All Our Stories project blog
  • History Research investigating the historical records of  Zion church and those buried in the graveyard. The list of graves so far discovered can be downloaded here Zion Grave Index (website).pdf Please contact us if you believe you are related to anyone on the list.

Further content will be uploaded to this site over the next few weeks.  

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Friends of Zion Graveyard Attercliffe is a charitable incorporated company registered in England and Wales, company number 11016737.

We did it!
Click here to see a short film of our first year Zion - The Forgotten Graveyard.  The change is amazing...

or read our end of project report with lots of photos click here

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