Current Position of the Churchyard
Please accept our apologies for the delay in the works on the churchyard. We are fully aware that the Church yard is overgrown. This has been due to a number of reasons – of course financial, but also a lack of people available to do the work. We do have some gardeners who are going to do the work but there are some delays in getting the work done. We are also exploring routes for how we can keep the church yard maintained regularly.
We do intend to have a newsletter in the coming months to share further information.
We do encourage all mourners to comply with the rules of the church yard when it comes to flowers and objects left on church yards.
Fr Tommy Merry, Vicar and the PCC
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