Churchyard

St george's from the east
St George’s from the east

Good views of the church can be seen from the village, the church itself being on one of the highest points. The churchyard is circular which usually indicates a very ancient site. Of particular interest are the large yew trees and the classical iron tomb of Hamlet Harrison dated 1843 located near the eastern gateway. He and other members of his family were incumbents for most of the 19th century.
The churchyard was enlarged in 1856, in which year burials within the church were prohibited; however, by 1875 this was proving inadequate and a proposal was made to convert Lea Cross School into a cemetery chapel (which was not approved).

Cemetery.

The Cemetary
The Cemetary

Burials in the churchyard were discontinued in 1902, when land for a new cemetery in the village was provided by the rector of the first portion opposite Linley Avenue.
The new cemetery extension which was consecrated for the burial of ashes and interment in the early 1980’s is managed by the Pontesbury Cemetery Committee, acting on behalf of the Parochial Church Council. The Cemetery Committee are not responsible for the condition of the cemetery but nevertheless try to keep it tidy and safe within the constraint of funds available.
The Committee are responsible to St George’s Church and the Diocese to ensure that the churchyard rules are adhered to by all those who have next of kin in the cemetery extension.

Monumental Inscriptions at St George’s Church – 1574 – 1988

In 1989 The Shropshire Family History Society, recorded St George’s memorials, graves and headstone inscriptions as far as was possible, and we have a document in PDF format which can be searched. We cannot guarantee complete accuracy in view of the varying state of the memorials, but we hope that the information will be used with that knowledge. About 100 or so headstones were relocated to the south boundary of the churchyard and laid flat. They, and all the remaining graves are listed and shown in plan. All graves from about 1900 will be found in the church cemetery and are listed in the same document.

St George’s Churchyard Plan
St George’s Cemetery Plan
St George’s Inscriptions Document