Closed churchyard

This churchyard which opened in 1856 and is situated at the end of a private road leading from Horseshoe Lane, Bathwick, replaced the previous churchyard situated on the corner of Bathwick Street and Henrietta Road which had been closed in 1825.

It was closed by Order in Council on 7th February 1989, when responsibility for maintenance of grounds, walls and fences transferred to Bath City Council. Responsibility for the mortuary chapel remained with the St Mary the Virgin's Parochial Church Council as it was still fit for purpose. An adjoining cemetery (known familiarly as Smallcombe) was the non-conformist, municipal cemetery and is also closed. 

The lane leading to the churchyard is the property of the National Trust along with much of the adjoining land.


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


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 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.  

One of the most famous people buried here is the lyricist Frederick Weatherly, who wrote the lyrics of Danny Boy and the Roses of Picardy amongst a host of other well-known songs.


Military connections

Zulu war

  • Malby Edward Crofton, Captain & Adjutant, 2/4th Regiment

Victoria Cross holders

1914 -1918

  • P.O. Bailey, 1st class S.I.104737. R.N.H.M.S. Victory
  • William Earnest Fey Pte 10th Bn Devonshire Regt.


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