In 2012 Peter Stewart
and Tom Locke conducted this new survey of the burial plots and
monumental inscriptions in the Wickhamford churchyard. Great care
has been taken with the photographs and transcriptions. These
often show details that a visitor to the churchyard would not
see because many of the stones are illegible or hidden.
churchyard next to the Church of St John the Baptist, Wickhamford
has been in recorded use since the Burial Register was started
in 1538. Since then about 1,000 burials have taken place, and
there must have been many hundreds more before that date.
Most of these
interments were in an area even smaller than the existing churchyard,
as it was extended to its present size only in February 1893.
At that time two Trustees of the Thomas Lord Estate, Sir Henry
Foley Lambert and Lawrence Martin Curler, transferred about 340
sq. yards to the Church. This area is between the tower and the
present entrance gate.
Part of the
western boundary of the churchyard is formed from the remains
of a great stone barn that stood between
the Manor and the Church, which fell into disrepair and was largely
demolished in the 19th century.
of the burial plots were drawn soon after the Second World War
and both are kept in the Church, but are no longer on display.
George Lees-Milne, owner of the Manor, did one in 1948, at ¼ inch
to 1 foot scale (left & right
sides). J. F. Taylor did another plan
in 1946.. They differ slightly with regard to a few plots and
the Lees-Milne version has more detail..
In 1986, a
survey was carried out by Mrs Linda Bushell and Mr G. Farmer and
written up as a BMSGH
document entitled Monumental Inscriptions, St John the Baptist,
Wickhamford, Worcestershire. Here is the plan
of the churchyard they produced. They also recorded the inscriptions
within the Church at this time.
In 2012, Peter
Stewart carried out the present survey, upon which this article
is based. He cleaned the stones, reconstructed broken memorials
where necessary and photographed all of the remaining headstones
and footstones of the graves.
The list of
burials and their location presented here is derived mainly from
the Lees-Milne plan, the 1986 survey and the work carried out
We hope that
the information provided here will be of use to family historians
wishing to locate the last resting places of their forebears.
For further information on Wickhamford burials, please refer to
the transcription of the Burial Register of the Church of St John
the Baptist on this website.
Tom Locke and Peter Stewart - August 2012.
- see the plan below.
- takes you to an alphabetical name index where you may find more
information about the same family.
- takes you to both a photograph and a transcription of the monumental
inscription if this still exists.