Lists of Graves

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A list of graves in St James' Churchyard, St Catharine's Graveyard and the Baptist Church Graveyard

Early burials

The Old Churchyard was in use throughout the greater part of the history of St James's church.  Early burials were normally unmarked and, in accordance with custom, bones were eventually removed to the charnel house to make room for new burials. 

Stone memorials

In the seventeenth century the provision of a stone memorial became common and from that time the churchyard began to fill with gravestones, all irregular in layout.   When the new churchyard Lime Tree Walk was laid out in 1770 some earlier memorials were removed and used to line the path.

In the late nineteenth century extensions to the graveyard became necessary and graves were organised in neat rows. The entire churchyard is now closed and new interments are made in a new graveyard, the fourth, in Hoo Lane.

The Survey

A survey of Campden's three earlier Graveyards - St James's Parish Church, St Catharine's Catholic Church and the old Baptist Chapel graveyard - was undertaken by CCHS volunteers in the mid 1990s. 

The purpose was to record all remaining gravestones and monuments and to produce a list of all legible and identifiable inscriptions.  Unmarked graves are therefore not listed - both graves which never had a stone memorial and those where the memorial has not survived.  The handwritten survey forms are filed in the Archive Room, sometimes with a drawing or photograph and may be consulted by appointment.

Searching the document

To search the Burials data download the appropriate table and, if you are using a PC or laptop, press the Control key together with the "F" key and a "Search" box will appear.  Type in what you are searching for and it will be highlighted in the table.  Use the arrows to search for the next item.

If you are using an i-pad, highlight the URL address box, then press the "Search" box and a "Search this page" box will come up above the keyboard - type in what you are looking for and it will be highlighted in the document.

Bear in mind that there may be more than one entry.  Good Luck!

This page was added on 27/11/2013.
Comments about this page

Thank you for this.  These lists must have taken a lot of hard work and those involved deserve to be congratulated.

May I suggest that an explanation of the references, such as the churchyard locations, be added?

Also, it would have been useful if others (family members) listed on the gravestones could have been included - but I am not asking for further hard work to be undertaken!

By Sam Bartlett
On 12/09/2014

You should find everyone who is recorded on a headstone: if you look across the list you will see a location and grave number - these are the same where family members are buried together. We have now scanned drawings of the individual headstones that were done as part of the survey. These will be put in this section of the website when the final checks have been made.
The graveyard map has to be scanned using a large copier and we are currently looking for a commercial service and costing the work. Donations to cover the cost would be much appreciated.

By CCHS
On 15/09/2014