St Edward’s Churchyard is and has been a special place for the community of Eggbuckland for hundreds of years. Generations of ‘Eggbuckland-ers’ have been buried here and it continues to be the final resting place for many who have lived or worshipped in Eggbuckland.
Although the oldest monuments date from the 18th century (mostly 19th century onwards), it is likely to have been a burial ground for much longer – possibly over 1000 years. This means that despite Eggbuckland’s transformation from ancient village to city suburb throughout the twentieth century, the churchyard has been relatively undisturbed by agriculture, building, and transport and it’s secluded, hillside plot makes it a haven for Eggbuckland’s natural history as well as social history.
In order to help us make the most of this very special place, in 2013 the PCC took the decision to contract a Ground Steward, rather than simply a grass-cutting contractor, to work with volunteers, to keep the grass down in key locations, to help the churchyard’s natural habitat to thrive as well as be a beautiful place to visit and remember ‘those whom we love but see no longer’.
Find out more:
Churchyard News– updates from activities, events and things of interest regarding our ECO-Church and Churchyard
Trees in the Churchyard – information regarding special and significant trees in this ancient churchyard
Eggbuckland Bees – information regarding the bees that are hived in the churchyard. Working in partnership with Plymouth Citybees
Churchyard Regulations– the latest (2013 edition) of the Exeter Diocese Churchyard Regulations which will be of interest to families who have had recent interments/burials and stonemasons who will be working with them
Findagrave website (www.findagrave.com)– Researching family history? Looking for a distant relative who was buried in Eggbuckland Churchyard? This website is a searchable database of known burials and monuments in the churchyard.
Our Churchyard team is:
Peter Anderson – Churchwarden with responsibility for the maintenance and upkeep of the Churchyard
Jon Lake – Grounds Steward
Green Fingers Team – a team of volunteers who help to keep on top of maintenance and development of the Churchyard and grounds of the Church Hall
Les Powell Sexton – contracted when required to prepare graves or plots for interment