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.
- Malby Edward Crofton, Captain & Adjutant, 2/4th Regiment
Victoria Cross holders
- George Vincent Fosbery Lieutenant, 4th Bengal Regiment, Indian Army, for valiant leadership in recapturing the Crag picket, Umbeyla Expedition, North West Frontier, India, 30th October 1863.
- Henry Raby Commander, Royal Navy, for heroism during the assault on the Redan, Sebastopol, Crimean War 18th June 1855.
- P.O. Bailey, 1st class S.I.104737. R.N.H.M.S. Victory
- William Earnest Fey Pte 10th Bn Devonshire Regt.