For a number of years I have been puzzled about the desecration of the Bright mausoleum at Moscar Top. The newspapers are on microfilm at the Local Studies Library and so it was a matter of trawling through the film until I found a report of the incident. The Sheffield Morning Telegraph dated 20th January 1983 did have report but it was hardly detailed.

But The Sheffield Star dated 19th January 1983 had a far more enlightening report

The two points that arise from this report is that Horatio, his first wife Mary and his son Sam were targeted by the grave robbers. The reference to tuberculosis is in respect of Samuel who succumbed to the disease in 1891 at the age of 38. His mother Mary died of influenza at around the same time. The second point is that this was the second attack on the Bright family graves at Moscar. The report refers to a previous incident in May 1982

I returned to the microfilm and found details of the incident and this time it had made the front page of The Sheffield Star dated 18th March 1982


In the summer of 2011, I received additional information from a researcher into the Bright's Family History who made the following observations about the last resting places of the Bright family at both Moscar and Rodmoor.

There are two burial sites belonging to the Brights, a prominent Jewish family in Sheffield from the end of the eighteenth century.
One site is at Moscar, just off the A57, heading out of Sheffield. This one was owned by Horatio Bright and he, along with his wife and child, were buried there. In 1983, this burial site was vandalised and desecrated, with much damage being done to the internal structure and fixtures and fittings of the mausoleum. The three bodies were eventually re-interred in Crookes Cemetery, where a simple headstone marks their grave.
The other site is at Rodmoor, on the road out of Stannington. The burial ground is located in a wooded copse. This site was originally leased to Isaac Bright from the Duke of Norfolk in 1831. A deed of conveyance in 1881 completed the transfer of ownership to the Bright family.  At least 18 family members were buried here, from 1848 until 1929. In 1982 this burial site was also vandalised and desecrated and possibly items from within the mausoleums were stolen. Following the police investigation, Sheffield Council re-buried all the bodies in the underground crypt of one of the mausoleums and placed a concrete cap on top of this crypt, so no-one else could break in and disturb the bodies.

There have been a number of reports in the local press and from other sources that would suggest that the bodies were re-buried at Walkley Jewish cemetery, however, attached are two documents which prove that the bodies remained on the Bright burial site
          a letter from Sheffield City Council Administration and Legal Dept in November 1982, which categorically states that the bodies were re-buried at the Rodmoor site and that a concrete cap was placed on top of the crypt.

         The second document is a diagram showing the individual mausoleums and  notes about where the bodies were re-interred. The source of this document is the Sheffield City Council Bereavement Services.

This must be conclusive proof of the last resting places of the members of the Bright Family. It is evident that the Brights that were interred at Rodmoor were NOT removed after the desecration at Rodmoor in 1982 but simply re-interred albeit more securely. Let us now hope that they finally rest in peace


Desecration - "the act of depriving something of its sacred character, or the disrespectful or contemptuous treatment of that which is held to be sacred or holy by a group or individual".

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