Wickhamford

Church of St John the Baptist:
Monumental inscriptions and burial plots in the churchyard

 

In 2012 Peter Stewart and Tom Locke conducted this new survey of the burial plots and monumental inscriptions in the Wickhamford churchyard. Great care has been taken with the photographs and transcriptions. These often show details that a visitor to the churchyard would not see because many of the stones are illegible or hidden.

The small churchyard next to the Church of St John the Baptist, Wickhamford has been in recorded use since the Burial Register was started in 1538. Since then about 1,000 burials have taken place, and there must have been many hundreds more before that date.

Most of these interments were in an area even smaller than the existing churchyard, as it was extended to its present size only in February 1893. At that time two Trustees of the Thomas Lord Estate, Sir Henry Foley Lambert and Lawrence Martin Curler, transferred about 340 sq. yards to the Church. This area is between the tower and the present entrance gate.

Part of the western boundary of the churchyard is formed from the remains of a great stone barn that stood between the Manor and the Church, which fell into disrepair and was largely demolished in the 19th century.

Two plans of the burial plots were drawn soon after the Second World War and both are kept in the Church, but are no longer on display. George Lees-Milne, owner of the Manor, did one in 1948, at inch to 1 foot scale (left & right sides). J. F. Taylor did another plan in 1946.. They differ slightly with regard to a few plots and the Lees-Milne version has more detail..

In 1986, a survey was carried out by Mrs Linda Bushell and Mr G. Farmer and written up as a BMSGH document entitled Monumental Inscriptions, St John the Baptist, Wickhamford, Worcestershire. Here is the plan of the churchyard they produced. They also recorded the inscriptions within the Church at this time.

In 2012, Peter Stewart carried out the present survey, upon which this article is based. He cleaned the stones, reconstructed broken memorials where necessary and photographed all of the remaining headstones and footstones of the graves.

The list of burials and their location presented here is derived mainly from the Lees-Milne plan, the 1986 survey and the work carried out in 2012.

We hope that the information provided here will be of use to family historians wishing to locate the last resting places of their forebears. For further information on Wickhamford burials, please refer to the transcription of the Burial Register of the Church of St John the Baptist on this website.

Tom Locke and Peter Stewart - August 2012.


Plot numbers - see the plan below.

Index link - takes you to an alphabetical name index where you may find more information about the same family.

Photo link - takes you to both a photograph and a transcription of the monumental inscription if this still exists.


 

Above: A footstone for William White
buried in 1760. Click to enlarge.
Below: A sketch of the area transferred to the
Church in 1893, from a document in the
Almonry Museum, Evesham. The original Deed
is said to be in the Worcester Record Office.
.

Peter Stewart has published his survey of
Wickhamford church and churchyard
in a beautifully illustrated book.
He has kindly allowed us to publish
an online version
of this on this website.

Plot number

Name

Year of burial

Age

Notes

Hubert FIGGITT 

1936 

69 

Index

Walter FIGGITT 

1928 

33 

Index

Emily FIGGITT 

1926 

57 

Index

Gertrude DANIELS 

1929 

55 

Index

Edith FREEMAN 

1924 

67 

Index

Mary BARRAND  

1925 

56 

Index

Edgar TURNER 

1923 

14 

Index

Emma WILLS 

1923 

62 

Index

Ronald SUMMERS 

1930 

Index

10a 

William Skene ROSS 

1925 

60 

Photo Index

11 

Alfred Lambourne KING 

1924 

53 

Photo Index

12 

Mary ARCHER 

1920 

85 

Index

13a 

Doris COLLEY 

1931 

32 

Photo Index

13b 

Jesse COLLEY 

1969 

72 

Photo Index

14 

Hannah BEAN 

1920 

70 

Photo Index

15a 

Louisa Annie BUTCHER 

1919 

47 

Photo Index

15b 

Emmanuel BUTCHER 

1947 

86 

Photo Index

16 

Jean Sylvia MUMFORD 

1928 

11 months 

Photo Index

17 

Ronald HARDIMAN 

1915 

under 1 year 

Index

18 

Maria NEWMAN 

1904 

63 

Photo Index

19 

John AGG 

1908 

20 

Index

20 

Richard WINNETT 

1913 

76 

Index

21 

Rebecca WINNETT 

1906 

62 

Index

22 

Ellen WILLS 

1924 

54 

Index

23 

Fanny TURNER 

1931 

61 

Index

24a 

John LAWLEY 

1906 

66 

Photo Index

24b 

Vera LAWLEY 

1978 

74 

Photo Index

25a 

Mary SMITH 

1865 

52 

Photo Index

25b 

William Henry SMITH 

1884 

71 

Photo Index

25c 

Mary Ann TAYLOR 

1876 

29 

Photo Index

26a 

Marianne SAWYER 

1832 

14 

Photo1 Photo2 Index

26b 

Alice Sophia SAWYER 

1838 

15 

Photo1 Photo2 Index

26c 

Albert SAWYER 

1830 

45 

Photo1 Photo2 Index

27 

Joseph PERKS 

1921 

Index

28 

Hilda Mary HERITAGE 

1954 

79 

Photo Index

29a 

Victor F DAFFURN 

1952 

55 

Photo Index

29b 

Ruth W DAFFURN 

1960 

60 

Photo Index

30 

Frederick TAYLOR 

1951 

65 

Photo Index

31 

Tom FARMAN 

1902 

16 

Index

32 

Frederick BAYLISS 

1924 

55 

BAYLIS in death register. Photo Index

33 

 

 

 

It is not known who was buried here.

34 

Wilfred COX 

1917 

16 

Index

35 

John NEWBURY 

1922 

59 

Index

36 

Arthur HERITAGE 

1924 

45 

Index

37 

Robert HERITAGE 

1921 

49 

Index

38 

Albert AGG 

1932 

24 

Index

39 

William COX 

1917 

56 

Index

40 

Samuel WHEATLEY 

1904 

80 

Index

41 

Samuel HALFORD 

1914 

67 

Index

42 

Rebecca HALFORD 

1915 

65 

Index

43 

Elizabeth SMITH 

1913 

35 

Photo Index

44 

Jane SMITH 

1922 

77 

Index

45 

Albert SMITH 

1917 

48 

Index

46a 

Elizabeth HALFORD 

1909 

25 

Index

46b 

Harry HALFORD 

1912 

36 

Index

47 

Rebecca STAITE 

1901 

56 

Index

48 

Trevor HERITAGE 

1946 

16 

Photo Index

49 

Sophia PEARSON 

1901 

75 

Index

50 

Comfort COLLEY 

1922 

73 

Index

51 

William SMITH 

1921 

42 

Index

52 

Amelia PETHARD 

1917 

77 

Photo Index

53 

Wingfield SMITH 

1917 

77 

Index

54 

James WILLOUGHBY 

1913 

70 

Index

55 

Charles COLLEY 

1926 

82 

Index

56 

Hannah PETHARD 

1925 

77 

Index

57 

George PETHARD 

1911 

74 

Index

58 

Edgar PETHARD 

1900 

36 

Index

59a 

John PETHARD 

1849 

42 

Photo Index

59b 

Amelia PETHARD 

1891 

80 

Photo Index

59c 

Elizabeth PETHARD 

1849 

15 

Photo Index

59d 

William PETHARD 

1856 

20 

Gravestone wrongly has '1857' Photo Index

60 

Bryan ROBERTS 

1940 

Index

61 

Edith HARTWELL 

1917 

under 1 year 

Index

62a 

William HARTWELL 

1908 

57 

Photo Index

62b 

Emily HARTWELL 

1935 

83 

Photo Index

62c 

Anne HACKLETT 

1906 

29 

Photo Index

63 

Annie BROOKE 

1750 

3 wk 6 days 

Photo Index

64 

John ROBBINS 

1942 

Index

65 

John FERNEYHOUGH 

1846 

20 

Photo Index

66a 

Joseph TAYLOR 

1839 

41 

Photo Index

66b 

Amelia TAYLOR 

1857 

66 

Photo Index

67a 

Samuel TAYLOR 

1856 

58 

Photo Index

67b 

Ann TAYLOR 

1884 

87 

Photo Index

68 

Frederick William NIND 

1859 

15 weeks 

Photo Index

69 

Jane NIND 

1862 

64 

Photo Index

70 

Ann CORMELL 

1743 

27 

Photo Index

71a 

John TAYLOR 

1852 

64 

Photo Index

71b 

Sarah TAYLOR 

1878 

83 

Photo Index

71c 

Sarah TAYLOR 

1829 

11 

Photo Index

72 

Sarah TAYLOR 

1853 

9 months 

Photo Index

73 

 

It is not known who was buried here.

74a 

Robert TAYLOR 

1928 

79 

Photo Index

74b 

Sarah Kate TAYLOR 

1942 

76 

Photo Index

75 

Henry TAYLOR 

1860 

6 years 4 mo. 

Photo Index

76a 

Sarah TAYLOR 

1821 

86 

Photo1 Photo2 Index

76b 

Mary TAYLOR 

1823 

64 

Photo1 Photo2 Index

76c 

Thomas TAYLOR 

1841 

82 

Photo1 Photo2 Index

77a 

John WILSON 

1753 

30 

Photo Index

77b 

Anne WILSON 

1776 

Photo Index

78 

 

An unknown woman is buried here. The stone shows only a verse. Photo

79a 

Frances MASON 

1744 

ca 70 

Photo Index

79b 

Robert MASON 

1749 

ca 75 

Photo Index

79c 

Ann OLDACRES 

1744 

ca 76 

Photo Index

80 

Elizabeth SOWDEN 

1741 

31 

Photo Index

81 

Ann WILLOUGHBY 

1920 

72 

Index

82 

Mary GREEN 

1920 

80 

Index

83a 

John MASON 

1911 

73 

Index

83b 

Jane MASON 

1923 

86 

Index

84a 

Elias WALTERS 

1932 

83 

Index

84b 

Diana WALTERS 

1940 

95 

Index

85 

William WHITE 

1699 

62 

Photo Index

86a 

William WHITE 

1767 

86 

Photo Index

86b 

Elizabeth WHITE 

1777 

Photo Index

87 

William WHITE 

1760 

Photo Index

88 

Charles HARDIMAN 

1899 

88 

Index

89 

Albert ANDREWS 

1900 

57 

Index

90 

Sarah MASON 

1891 

20 

Index

91 

William KINCHIN 

1929 

74 

Index

92 

Sarah KINCHIN 

1929 

58 

Index

93 

May BROTHERTON 

1921 

91 

Index

94 

George BROTHERTON 

1931 

48 

Index

95 

Amy WHEATLEY 

1942 

79 

Index

96 

Charles FREEMAN 

1934 

76 

Index

97 

Katherine AGG 

1937 

61 

Index

98 

Emily GRIMMITT 

1930 

61 

Index

99 

Emma Paulina MOORE 

1934 

61 

Photo Index

100 

Esther Ann HEMUS 

1935 

63 

Photo Index

101 

William WILSON 

1621 

Photo Index

102 

Edward FISHER 

1825 

48 

Photo Index

103 

Mary FISHER 

1782 

26 

Photo Index

104a 

Edward FISHER 

1762 

41 

Photo Index

104b 

Elizabeth FISHER 

1764 

37 

Photo Index

105 

Jesse WHEATLEY 

1940 

75 

Index

106a 

John G D H FIELD 

1939 

71 

Photo Index

106b 

Emily Jane FIELD 

1938 

63 

Photo Index

107 

Clara Florence HASSALL 

1935 

58 

Photo Index

108a 

Molly (Mary) EMPEY 

1938 

80 

Photo Index

108b 

Emily EMPEY 

1947 

84 

Photo Index

109a 

Jesse Richard COLLEY 

1940 

69 

Photo Index

109b 

Olive Sarah COLLEY 

1952 

86 

Photo Index

109c 

Ethel COLLEY 

1978 

85 

Photo Index

110a 

William Frank PEARCE 

1942 

41 

Photo Index

110b 

William PEARCE 

1954 

78 

Photo Index

110c 

Sarah PEARCE 

1961 

86 

Photo Index

111 

Mary DAVIS 

1942 

70 

Index

112a 

Ellen BEAN 

1941 

72 

Index

112b 

Thomas BEAN 

1945 

81 

Index

113 

Mabyl ROBSON 

1944 

52 

Photo Index

114a 

Buckley BENT 

1933 

68 

Photo Index

114b 

Margaret BENT 

1964 

94 

Photo Index

115a 

Elizabeth WEELS  

1745 

The MI has 'WEELS' but the burial record shows 'WELLS'. Photo Index

115b 

John WEELS  

1746 

The MI has 'WEELS' but the burial record shows 'WELLS'. Photo Index

116a 

Thomas Henry WILLIS 

1957 

75 

Index

116b 

Elizabeth WILLIS 

1949 

70 

Index

117a 

George HANCOCK 

1945 

51 

Index

117b 

Gwendoline HANCOCK 

1976 

72 

Index

118 

Bertha DRYSDALE 

1943 

81 

Photo Index

119 

Charles SOUTHERN 

1944 

78 

Index

120a 

William BENNETT 

1945 

75 

Photo Index

120b 

Hilote BENNETT 

1947 

73 

Photo Index

121 

Edward PETHARD 

1947 

78 

Index

122 

Peter LOEHNIS 

1940 

4 months 

Photo Index

123 

Christine MITCHELL 

1945 

under 1 year 

Index

124 

Jean SUTTON 

1943 

5 years 5 mo. 

Photo Index

125 

(Female) SPRAGG 

1945 

new born 

Unnamed female child. Index

A1 

Avice Marguerite George MURRAY-WHITE 

2000 

85 

Photo Index

A2 

Derick James MITCHELL 

2001 

62 

Photo Index

A3 

Arthur Raymond BAILEY 

2002 

76 

Photo Index

A4a 

Barbara Irene SPRINTALL 

1994 

71 

Photo Index

A4b 

Robert Basil T SPRINTALL 

2004 

83 

Photo Index

Here is more information about Wickhamford Church, including details of monumental inscriptions inside the church.

 


Updated 25 August 2013. Contact email: Wickhamford@Badsey.net