Closed churchyard

Closure of this churchyard is lost in the mists of time, but responsibility devolved to Bath & North East Somerset Council in 1995 on the dissolution of Wandyke District Council.

 

Maintenance of grounds

The maintenance regime in place at present is to cut all churchyards fortnightly (weather permitting). All pruning, hedge cutting, etc., is carried out as winter works after the grass cutting season has ended. However if you have any concerns please do not hesitate to contact the main office.

The council's arboricultural office keeps the trees under  a 3 yearly review and agrees minor works with the volunteers. All major tree works are carried out by the council's tree specialists

 

Graves

Bereavement Services carries out a 5 year rolling programme of memorial testing to ensure that memorials are preserved as well as possible. The council does not have the right to restore memorials, but it does have the responsibility to make the cemetery a reasonably safe place to visit which enables it to lay down any memorials in danger of falling. Safety in cemeteries and churchyards has improved so much since such programmes were introduced, that now the main benefit from testing is to ensure that  memorials are not left to rot until they fall smashing themselves, or neighbouring memorials, or both, in the process.  

Six chest tombs in the south-east corner of the churchyard were included in a list of buildings of special architectural or historic interest compiled by the Secretary of State for the Environment under section 54 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1971; five in October 1983 and another in July 1986. One of these is shaped like a cenotaph and is believed to be the last work of Edward Lutyens - Celia Brunel Noble one of the names on this memorial was the granddaughter of Isambard Kingdom Brunel.

Other graves of particular note include:

  • The donor of Alice Park to the City of Bath - Herbert Montgomerie MacVicar and his wife Frances Alice Harriet MacVicar.
  • Two relatives of the novelist Fanny Burney (whose remains are buried at Haycombe Cemetery).
  • A local man who lived to 101 - not so unusual nowadays.

 

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