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HER Number:MDV51151
Name:Churchyard, St Edmund's, Kingsbridge


Churchyard possibly dates from the 14th century, when parishoners requested the right to bury their dead in Kingsbridge rather than Churchstow, the mother church.


Grid Reference:SX 733 443
Map Sheet:SX74SW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishKingsbridge
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishKINGSBRIDGE

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX74SW/14/7

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • CHURCHYARD (XIV - 1301 AD to 1400 AD (Between))

Full description

Wood, J., 1841, Plan of the Parish and Environs of Kingsbridge (Cartographic). SDV336838.

'Burying Ground' shown to rear of St Edmund's Church.

Born, A. + Tanner, K., 1986, Untitled Source, 10 (Monograph). SDV337657.

A petition by parishioners in 1309 requested the right to bury their dead in their own churchyard to avoid climbing 'up the high mountain' to Churchstow, the mother church. According to their testimony, St. Edmund's dated back to at least 1250, when the citizens of the 'new borough' may have built or rebuilt their church.

Collins, L., 1989, Walking the churchyards, 7 (Article in Serial). SDV337660.

215 churchyard inscriptions recorded in 1987-88. Record also incorporates names from 272 gravestones which were removed from the upper lawn in 1962.

Ordnance Survey, 2012, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV348725.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV336838Cartographic: Wood, J.. 1841. Plan of the Parish and Environs of Kingsbridge. Photocopy.
SDV337657Monograph: Born, A. + Tanner, K.. 1986. Kingsbridge, Devon. A5 Paperback. 10.
SDV337660Article in Serial: Collins, L.. 1989. Walking the churchyards. Kingsbridge History Society Recorder. 1. Unknown. 7.
SDV348725Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2012. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #93903 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV7264Parent of: Octagonal Socket Stone, St. Edmund's Churchyard (Monument)
MDV7241Related to: St. Edmund, Kingsbridge (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jan 31 2012 1:54PM