New Churchyard Survey

Barbara Miles completed here survey of churchyard monuments about 15 years ago, and our records of the churchyard are becoming hard to use. So, in spring 2017, a new churchyard survey is under way.

The plan is:

  • Make a reasonable map of the churchyard, showing every monument, good enough to be able to find each grave
  • Reconcile Barbara’s survey with the new map, linking every monument Barbara found with a map reference, and noting where monuments have decayed or disappeared
  • Survey all the new monuments and add them to Barbara’s data
  • Photograph every monument
  • Link the monument survey data to the photographs and the map, to easily move between them online, and find the location and image of every grave from a browser
  • Produce a dead-tree printed form that can be kept at the church for people to use to find graves
  • Archive the survey data for future use, and produce a plan for updating the survey in future.

Emrys Williams has undertaken to produce a map. Here’s a snapshot so far, which is nearly complete but needs some tidying up. Click the picture for a much bigger version. (10 MBytes)

Actually, phones and tablets may not be able to handle the big jpeg. Here is a low-resolution pdf which may work better for tablets – click to download it and see

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and here is a more recent jpeg which is higher quality and works well on desktops – click for the 10Mbyte version. The red areas are anomalies that still need further investigation. The grid is Ordnance Survey 10m*10m squares, and is only approximately positioned – it could be about a metre out. The reference numbers on most monuments refer to the numbers given by Barbara Miles in her survey, plus some extensions for recent additions.

 

There is a mailing list, churchyard@eversholt.net, for discussions and news about this project. There are plenty of jobs – drawing, measuring, taking photos, making webpages, deciphering inscriptions… – and all are welcome to muck in, from children on up. If you’d like to join in, write to churchyard@eversholt.net, or call James and Amanda Nott on 280419.

 

For reference, the existing survey is at https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1wsgiaujeikC-NnxQQuEMO0BOSIhRU4PIitwWY-CmMfc/edit?usp=sharing&authkey=CPWWo5ED

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