By Friends of Lister Lane Cemetery, Jan 5 2019 08:46PM
The 5th January 2019 marks the 147th anniversary of the death of Sir Francis Crossley.
Francis together with his brothers John and Joseph, built up the largest carpet-manufacturing business in the world, namely John Crossley & Sons at Dean Clough in Halifax.
John, Joseph and Francis were dedicated businessmen, who also sought to serve the borough in public life, and to improve the lot of local working people.They jointly established the Crossley Orphanage on Skircoat Moor which opened in 1864. Today, the building is the thriving Crossley Heath School.
All three brothers invested in the new cemetery established by the Halifax General Cemetery Company opened in 1841 between Lister Lane and Gibbet Street and where all three were eventually laid to rest in the large Crossley family vault. Francis’s funeral took place on 12th January 1872, on which occasion it was said that every Halifax tradesman closed his shop for the morning of the funeral; the mills stopped work, and even the pubs shut.
Over the years, sections of the black highlighted text on the Crossley memorial inscription weathered, with the panels dedicated to Francis and Joseph's family (located to the left and middle respectively in the image above) being mostly affected.
In 2017, the Friends decided to carry retouching work on the memorial inscription and local stone mason, Michael Webster kindly volunteered his services. Sadly, Michael passed away shortly after commencing the work in September 2017. The retouching work was completed last September by another volunteer, Phil Rushworth.
The images below show before and after retouching work on the inscription of the Francis Crossley family panel.
The clarity of the inscription on the Crossley memorial is vastly improved, and it is with great appreciation and our thanks which go to both Michael and Phil for undertaking the work.