- Wakefield Road, Pontefract, West Yorkshire, WF8 4HA
- 01977 723455
- 01977 727175
A visit to the crematoria today shows that the original concept of siting them in peaceful and tranquil surroundings has obviously been achieved.
Wakefield District Council as the Cremation Authority, is a member of the Federation of British Cremation Authorities and adheres strictly to the Federation's code of cremation practice.
Pontefract Crematorium was opened in 1959 and covers an area of 7.5 acres (approximately) and Wakefield Crematorium, which opened two years later, in 1961 covers approximately 7 acres.
An Electronic Book of Remembrance has recently undergone a trial at Pontefract Crematoria. This is housed in a touchscreen cabinet and displays scanned copies of all pages in the Pontefract Crematorium Books of Remembrance. Information is also provided on the range of memorials available and a video shows memorial entries being carefully inscribed by highly skilled calligraphers and artists.
During the trial period of three months, the pages were accessed on over 800 separate occasions and over 4,000 individual pages were viewed.
Following lots of positive comments from users, the trial model is due to be updated to a permanent model with a larger screen in March or April 2006.
Opening times at Pontefract & Wakefield Crematoria for the Crematoria Chapels and the Books of Remembrance are:
Day Opening Hours Monday - Friday 9.00 am - 4.30 pm Saturday 9.00 am - 12.00 noon Sunday 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm Public and Bank Holidays 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm
Situated between Pontefract and Featherstone on the main Wakefield Road, the Crematorium is located at the base of a small hill near the village of Purston. Whilst the Crematorium is situated on land directly off the busy main road, pleasant views are afforded from within the grounds over open farm land. Geographically speaking, the Crematorium is situated near the Eastern border of the District and therefore many people using the establishment are not residents of the City of Wakefield Metropolitan District. People using the motorway network should use exit 32 off the M62.
Name:- Harold Fishwick
Address:- 13 Highfield Road, Pontefract
Date of Cremation:- 13 May 1959
Aged:- 49 years
Size of Crematorium Approximately 7.5 AcresInformation
Opened in 1959 by the Osgoldcross Joint Cremation Board, following the feasibility study of a number of suitable sites, the Crematorium was soon being asked to cope with far more cremations than had originally been projected. To adequately cope with this unexpected demand for cremation, additional cremation equipment was installed which remained in daily use, until the advent of new technology in this area of work.
In 1985 the original cremators were removed to be replaced by the very latest technological advanced units, capable of being controlled automatically by the use of micro-computer processes. As a result of the Environmental Protection Act 1990, the authority was again faced with replacing the cremators prior to a deadline of 1st April 1998.
The large chapel is central heated and fully carpeted with seating for approximately 100. The Chapel is equipped for the playing of specially requested records, tapes or compact discs.
Situated throughout the grounds are a variety of commemorative memorials, which are available to the bereaved as a tangible form of remembrance. Covered walks provide the funeral cortege with sheltered access from the chapel following the service.
Picturesque grounds complement the crematorium building and these are interspersed with formal rose beds set in large lawned areas dissected by a number of flagged paths. Large and ornate trees supplement the pleasant grounds and the terrace with a lily pond adds a special feature to this well kept establishment.