THERE will be an opportunity to take a look round Skipton's closed Victorian burial ground at an open day on Saturday (July 29).

Raikes Road Burial Ground was opened between1846 and 1876, with the last burials taking place in around 1900. It contains the graves of Skiptonians such as Rudyard Kipling’s grandparents and the Reverend William Cartman, who officiated at Charlotte Brontë’s funeral.

There are also graves of soldiers from the Napoleonic war, the Crimea war and an Australian from the First World War; as well as many local trades people.

At some stage the burial ground included a chapel and a mortuary, with associated pathways, of which there is now little trace.

Due to historical neglect, the ground has become something of a wildlife haven with trees of more than 250 years old, various wildflowers and grasses.

Saturday's open day will take place from 11am to 3pm, stout footwear is recommended. A guided walk will take place at 11.30am and the burial register will be available for family searches.

The Friends of Raikes Road Burial Ground, which looks after the cemetery, welcomes new members to help on working days, which take place on Mondays, weather permitting, from 10am to 2pm. Volunteers should bring a packed lunch and something to drink.

For further information call Jean on 01756 799002.