If you look carefully you will spot the medieval stone coffin which may have come from the castle’s chapel, the grave of 18th century historian William Hutchinson or the gravestone previously used as a cheese press! But as you wander amongst the stones you will also see loved ones of great age and many of just a few weeks or years, alongside young mothers lost to childbirth, men from the Militia and DLI, factory owners and those who worked in their factories. You can read their living faith, speaking from their gravestones, voicing their trust in God’s loving presence in life and in the hope of eternal resurrection.
Ye, who remain, may heaven direct your way!
Seek ye the field with confidence secure,
That even the death which comes shall leave a ray
To gild the simple annals of the poor!
You can explore St Mary’s Graveyard Database through the following link or via a hard-copy file available in St Mary’s church