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This page includes a plan and in-depth details of gravestones and memorials including names, dates and inscriptions.
The Parish Council gratefully acknowledges the gesture by parishioner Roy Roebuck who offered the information about the churchyard for exhibiting on the Parish Council's website for the general interest of other parishioners and the public.

The original burial location records (not the burial register) were lost in a fire at the then Ashby St Mary Rectory (now The Beeches) in 1976.
The current records were painstakingly assembled and updated by Derek Ham from 1996. From 2009 to 2015 the records were updated by Roy Roebuck.  Details of inscriptions were added from 2012, and these have now been completed by Terry Kitt.
If you have any details of graves which are not listed within the records below, please contact Terry Kitt on 01508 480954 or by email at

     Above is a churchyard Plan of the St Mary The Virgin Ashby St Mary Church for illustration purposes
                                       (click HERE for a full screen size of the whole churchyard)

- The churchyard is dominated by the utilitarian concrete war memorial on the left hand side as you approach the porch which lists the dead of the village in two world wars.
1914 to 1918 - Earnest W Bush / H Victor Chambers / William E Starman
1939 to 1945 - John Stanley Cotton
- At the rear of the church is a gravestone and flowering cherry tree planted as a memorial to Bridget Evelyn Gray 1915 to 1997 (wife of Peter Gray).

- The names of families whose past relatives are easily identifiable from gravestones/monuments as buried in Ashby St Mary churchyard include:-
Alden, Arden, Bacon, Basey, Basey Fisher, Bate, Bayne, Beddingfield, Begbie, Blake, Blazer, Bullett, Calthorpe, Carver, Catchpole, Chamberlain, Chapman, Chubbock, Claxton, Cone, Cotton, Cumby, Daines, Danbee, Dell, Farrell, Fharaoh, Flint, Forder, Frost, Garrod, Gilbert, Godfrey, Gray, Hammond, Harwood, Headden, Hill, Hoddy, Howe, Hurrell, Johnson, Langley, Marshall, Mayes, Osbourne, Read, Riches, Rudrum, Rushmore, Sandys, Shreeve, Smith, Starling, Stockings, Tabor, Taylor, Thurtell, Todd, Veasey, Ward, Whiles, Whitmarsh, Wickham, Willcox, Wilson

- Other family names known to be buried in this churchyard as listed in the Burial register after 1813 include:-
Ardley, Baker, Beales, Bell, Bennett, Bracey, Bracy, Brereton, Brook, Brookes, Brown, Browne, Bultitude, Burroughs, Colsey, Crome, Cobb, Coleman, Colman, Cossey, Crickmore, Davey, Davy, Day, Delph, Dennis, Edwards, Elliot, Ellis, Fharaoh, Field, Frosdick, Fisher, Fisk, Gage, Gedge, Gunn, Gunton, Gurry, Guurys, Halliday, Harper, Heazle, Hindley, Hood, Hurry, King, Lacey, Lacy, Lake, Leech, Legood, Lord, Madders, Mansfield, March, Martin, Moore, Nadder, Newman, Parker, Pitches, Playford, Pottle, Reeder, Rich, Roberts, Sadler, Sampson, Sillett, Simmons, Sparkes, Steward, Sutton, Swayes, Tod, Townsend, Townshent, Utting, Waddell, Walpole, West, Whitwood, Wigg, Woolnough, Woolsey, Watkinson, Youngs.

PLEASE NOTE - Since they were first recorded, some inscriptions have inevitably worn away over time, while others are now difficult or impossible to read. Visitors to the churchyard may wish to bear this in mind before undertaking a special or long journey in the hope or expectation of seeing a gravestone inscription.

To submit new or missing information for inclusion in the above records, please contact Terry Kitt (details above) or either the Parish Clerk or Webmaster via the 'Contact Us' tabs. Anyone offering such information does so on the condition the Parish Council may determine whether it is included.

For churchyard details click HERE.
It includes a simple A1 type reference which relates to the above churchyard plan to make it easy for the user to find the position of a gravestone or memorial. Also given is the surname, other names and the inscription.  

The churchyard plan has been didvided up into blocks. To use the churchyard plan references to see the gravestones within each block, start by clicking HERE.   Also included are details of one person whose burial location is unknown.

The CHURCH page has been created due to the amount of detail that has been learnt about its gravestones.   Because of that, the page contains this dedicated Gravestone and Memorials section. The gravestones and memorials have not only been been researched but pictured as well. Even family history of the names has been found and recorded. It is a comprehensive and very large piece of history which has had to be split into several separate documents.
For the purposes of listing the Gravestones and Memorials, a plan shows the graveyard in blocks. Blocks can be opened via the appropriate link.
It is thanks to councillor Terry Kitt's painstaking and time consuming research that this piece of Ashby history has been published.

This new section is almost complete and ready for publication.


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