Civic officials have been left with a graveyard quandary.
They are responsible for the safety of monuments in Kirkheaton Churchyard and are trying to rectify potential problems with one grave.
Heavy stones are leaning at an angle and there are fears someone visiting the churchyard could be injured.
But the actual ownership of graves and memorials rests with the family concerned.
Now Kirkburton Parish Council have made an appeal to trace relatives of the Johnson family, buried in St John’s Churchyard, so that work can go ahead on the large tomb.
Parish clerk Mrs Angela Royle said: “Kirkburton Parish Council is responsible for the maintenance of the major part of the closed churchyard of St John’s Parish Church in Kirkheaton.
“Staff were alerted to an unsafe memorial at the last safety inspection, and are therefore making enquiries to find out if any of the remaining family are still in the area.
“Although the council maintains the grounds, the ownership of gravestones and memorials stays with the family.
“The grave in question is at the back of the church, by the path.
A lot of the inscriptions are difficult to read, but the following family members are included in those interred in the grave:
Mary, Wife of James Johnson of Dalton, died 1859
John Johnson, died 27 September 1884
Elizabeth Johnson, died 20 April 1916.
“We would like to hear if there are any relatives of these people so that we can make arrangements for the monument to be made safe”.
If no responses are received by October 17, the council will bring in contractors to make the memorial safe.
Kirklees Council have carried out major works in recent years at many churchyards through the district to make graves and monuments safe.
Anyone related to the family is urged to contact Mrs Royle on 01484 604391 (Monday & Thursday) or email: email@example.com