The parish Churchyard is a place of history and remembrance and as such is special to people far beyond the immediate church congregation. It is also frequently a rare conservation area, home to diverse species of plants and wildlife. In both cases it deserves our protection. As a result, there are regulations that help to maintain that protection, and more information on these may be found in the downloads below.
For a flow chart explaining how to gain permission to place a memorial in a churchyard, click here.
If the stone is to be a hand-crafted monument which is individually designed and of artistic merit, the process may be different, click here for a flow chart.
Churchyard Regulations 2013
(Contains application form for introduction of a monument or tablet in a churchyard)
For any queries relating to the reservation of a grave space, exhumations, or the closure of a churchyard, please contact the Diocesan Registry on 01392 687421.
Please be aware that some work on trees in churchyards may require a faculty so it is a good idea to consult the Church buildings office for advice. Information on applying for a Faculty or List B for work on trees in your churchyard can be found here.
Churchyards represent a precious resource which can make a huge contribution to the biodiversity of the country and engage and educate the wider community. As wildlife havens they are home to a wide variety of species, and as a result good management is essential. Church Care provide some excellent guidance on caring for the wildlife in your churchyards which can be found here.
Churchyards contain a wealth of local and family history, but as time and tempest take their toll of our ancestors’ graves there is a real risk of this history being lost forever. CemRec http://cemrec.host22.com seeks to provide a simple format for recording headstones, promoting awareness and interest in our past amongst local communities and family historians. The site is not commercial and all software used is freely available.