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HER Number:MDV113868
Name:Churchyard of St. Michael, Cornwood


Churchyard is thought to date from the 14th or 15th century, like the church. A trench dug in the early 1980s near the tower uncovered a skeleton and a clay pipe thought to date to the later 17th century.


Grid Reference:SX 604 593
Map Sheet:SX65NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishCornwood
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishCORNWOOD

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • CHURCHYARD (XIII to XV - 1300 AD to 1499 AD (Between))

Full description

Greeves, T. A. P., 1984, Finds from trench excavation in Cornwood Churchyard, 7/3/1984, sketch of pipe (Worksheet). SDV168175.

During excavation of a trench near the north side of the tower in Cornwood Churchyard, a skeleton was found at a depth of 0.6 metres, and a clay pipe of Oswald Type 5 (1640-60). Intact bowl and part of the stem of pipe recovered. The rim is rouletted (rather crudely) and there are no marks on either the bowl or stem.
The skeleton was apparently lying in an west-east alignment, with head to the west.

Greeves, T. A. P., 1987, List of donations to the Plymouth Museum (Un-published). SDV243606.

Finds apparently donated to the museum.

Ordnance Survey, 2015, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV357601.

Area of the churchyard depicted on the modern mapping.

English Heritage, 2015, National Heritage List for England (National Heritage List for England). SDV357602.

Three of the graves/tombs in the churchyard are Listed.

Woodward, F., post 1950, St Michael and All Angels, Cornwood (Pamphlet). SDV354634.

A history and description of the parish church at Cornwood, with much detailed information based on 'Cornwood Notes' published privately in 1918.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV168175Worksheet: Greeves, T. A. P.. 1984. Finds from trench excavation in Cornwood Churchyard. Worksheet. Digital. 7/3/1984, sketch of pipe.
SDV243606Un-published: Greeves, T. A. P.. 1987. List of donations to the Plymouth Museum. Unknown.
SDV354634Pamphlet: Woodward, F.. post 1950. St Michael and All Angels, Cornwood. Church Guide. A5 Stapled.
SDV357601Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2015. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #73210 ]
SDV357602National Heritage List for England: English Heritage. 2015. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV2864Part of: St. Michael's Parish Church, Cornwood (Building)
MDV99567Related to: Chest tomb in churchyard north of Church of St. Michael, Cornwood (Monument)
MDV100522Related to: Chest tomb south-east of the Church of St. Michael, Cornwood (Monument)
MDV23539Related to: Church House, Cornwood (Building)
MDV2868Related to: Vivian chest tomb, St Michael's Church (Monument)

Associated Finds

  • FDV5838 - HUMAN REMAINS (XVI to XVII - 1600 AD to 1699 AD?)
  • FDV3872 - CLAY PIPE (SMOKING) (XVII - 1640 AD to 1660 AD)

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Sep 14 2018 10:59AM