In April 2017 the search for the burial place of anti-slavery campaigner Mary Anne Rawson led to a chained gate leading to some fenced off and very overgrown land in a secluded corner of Attercliffe. This was the forgotten burial ground of the now demolished Zion Congregational Church.
In January 2018 after a high profile fund-raising campaign, a group of local volunteers formed a trust and purchased this small abandoned graveyard to prevent it being sold for development. In total, 60 graves have now been discovered, many of them belonging to early Sheffield industrialists whose stories are slowly emerging from the shadows of history. As well as the tomb of Mary Anne Rawson there's the Read Family, whose ancestors founded the Sheffield Smelting Company and whose descendants played an influential role in Sheffield politics and social reform.
Join a guided tour (2pm, 3pm or 4pm) to find out about the picture the trust is beginning to build of the community that lived, played and worshipped here. Visitors will also be able to enjoy the Zion Bazaar, inspired by the 1905 programme of the Zion Congregational Church Bazaar, found in the Sheffield Archives.
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