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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 […]