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SAIF – Look For The Logo

Did you know that independent Funeral Directors, like Bryan G Bishop, voluntarily join organizations such as SAIF (National Society of Allied and Independent Funeral Directors) to uphold industry standards and provide exemplary service? In the United Kingdom, there’s no mandatory legislation specifically governing funeral homes. However, independent Funeral Directors proactively choose to be part of […]

Famous Graves ~ Robert Falcon Scott ~ Scott of the Antarctic

Robert Falcon Scott (1868 – 1912) ~ St Andrew’s Church, Holcombe Was born on 6 June, 1868 in Devonport. He became a naval cadet at the age of 13 and served on a number of Royal Navy Ships in the 1880’s and 1890’s. Visitors to Holcombe can pay their respects to Scott, reflecting on the […]

Famous Graves – Sir Henry John Newbolt

Sir Henry John Newbolt (1862-1938) ~ St Mary’s Church, Orchardleigh Estate Was a prominent British poet and author known for his patriotic and inspirational works. He was born 6th June 1862 in Bilston, Staffordshire, and went on to become a significant figure in British literature during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. His contributions […]

Famous Graves – John Skinner

John Skinner born in 1772, was the vicar at St. Peter’s Church, Camerton from 1800-1839.  It is thought that he is interred in the churchyard at Camerton, in an unmarked grave, even though he took his own life by shooting. He was an amateur archaeologist and he uncovered many barrows in the area including Priddy […]

Famous Graves – Joseph Harding

If over Christmas you tuck into a nice cheeseboard, a tasty cheese sandwich, order a ploughman’s lunch or make a cheese sauce, spare a thought for Joseph Harding and give a little prayer of thanks. Arguably cheddar cheese should have been named MARKSBURY cheese, as Joseph Harding set down the standardisation for the making of […]

Famous Graves – Ralph Allen

Ralph Allen (1693 – 1764) ~ Claverton Churchyard, Bath was a prominent 18th-century English entrepreneur and philanthropist best known for his role in revolutionizing the postal system and his contributions to the city of Bath. Ralph Allen was born in 1693 in St. Blazey, Cornwall, England. He began his career working in a local post […]

Exploring Memorial Options : Beyond Traditional Burials

Exploring Memorial Options : Beyond Traditional Burials

Memorializing a loved one is a deeply personal and meaningful process. While traditional burials have been practised for centuries, people today are increasingly seeking alternative memorial options that allow them to create unique and personalized tributes. Caring for and remembering the deceased is part of what makes us human. Cremated Remains Cremation has gained popularity […]

Unveiling the Mysteries of Churchyard Burials

Unveiling the Mysteries of Churchyard Burials

Churchyards have long been the final resting place for the deceased, where traditions and symbolism come together to create a meaningful and contemplative environment. One of the intriguing aspects of these burial grounds is the direction in which headstones face, the positioning of minister’s graves, and the orientation of the Church tower. Paulton, Midsomer Norton, […]



There is a fascinating history behind the charming structures at the entrance to churchyards. Lychgates – Lych is the saxon word for corpse. Lychgates hold a special place in our community, acting as a bridge between the sacred space of the Churchyard and the secular world beyond. Historically, these beautifully crafted structures served several important […]