During 2017 a new Cemetery was created, and for the first time ever, was to
be in Rishton. Situated along
Lee Lane, new gates were erected entering on land bought from the
Dunkenhalgh estate, and was previously farmed by
The reason for this new cemetery being created was due to
Great Harwood cemetery becoming
full to capacity.
The Cemetery officially opened in February the following year.
It is a multi-faith cemetery, and also contains a woodland area for
those wishing to be remembered by tree planting. The drainage on the
land has been diverted and collected, to allow the natural formation of
a pond area.
Work actually started on the cemetery several years before, when the
council officials were seen taking soil samples from the fields along
Lee Lane. Empty fields have been left on both sides of the cemetery, and
during 2019 these fields went up for sale.
The first burial in the graveyard was a Muslim burial.