St Margaret’s churchyard is an oasis of calm in the middle of Wolstanton, and has been in use for over 500 years. It contains many graves of local and historical interest, including the notorious ‘poison’ grave (where the gravestone names the victim’s suspected murderer), and the grave of Dr Henry Faulds, medical missionary and the pioneer of fingerprinting.
The upkeep of the whole churchyard is shared between the church and the local authority. Maintenance of the church’s section of the churchyard (mainly the newer area further away from the church) is overseen by a small committee from St. Margaret’s and other local churches. Finances are always tight, and we value the annual contributions made by the ‘Friends of Wolstanton Churchyard’.
The erection of memorial stones and the adornment of graves in the churchyard is governed by strict rules. There are fees payable for a memorial stone application. The current Churchyard Policy can be read by clicking the following link…. Churchyard Policy – (Wolstanton) Aug 2018