Friends of Zion Graveyard Attercliffe
Zion Graveyard is the disused burial ground of Zion Congregational Church. The church building was demolished in 1987 after a fire while it was being used as a furniture store, it having long since been sold off as the congregation was dispersed due falling numbers and house clearance. It is the final resting place of anti-slavery campaigner Mary Anne Rawson and her family, the Reads of Wincobank Hall. Her grandfather, John Read founded the company that was to become known as Thessco (The Sheffield Smelting Company), a precious metal refinery that traded for 263 years until forced into administration in 2023 by financial difficulties. Many of those buried in Zion Graveyard were connected with John Read’s refinery in its early days.
In 2017 the graveyard was advertised for sale. A group of volunteers formed The Friends of Zion Graveyard, and raised funds to purchase the neglected site to prevent it becoming a car storage compound. The Heritage Lottery Fund and many individuals across Sheffield contributed to the fund. It is usually locked due to past anti-social behaviour but is always open 2 – 4pm on the second Sunday of every month and other times by appointment.