THE historic Raikes Road Burial Ground in Grassington Road, Skipton, will be open to the public on Saturday, May 7.

Organised by the Friends of Raikes Road Burial Ground, it will be the first of a series of open days at the closed burial ground this year.

The burial ground, which was open from 1846 to 1876 includes the graves of Rudyard Kipling’s grandparents and the Rev William Cartman, who officiated at Charlotte Brontë’s funeral. It is also the resting place of soldiers from the Napoleonic Wars, the Crimea War and an Australian from the First World War.

It will be open from 10.30am and 2pm, with a guided tour at 11am.

A spokesperson for the friends said: "We do have a record of some of the burials which have taken place there, and we would be happy to help people with family research if they have names and dates to help."

Admission is free, but donations will help the friends continue with their research, restoration and upkeep the area, bulb planting, and to make it available to view on future days.

Visitors are advised to wear stout footwear as the ground is uneven, and not all areas are suitable for wheelchairs. There will also be open days on June 4, July 2, August 6, September 10 and October 8.