Bathford, St Swithun

Status: 
Open
Number of Burials: 
2,795 (from 1810)
Access: 

The roughly rectangular burial ground can be accessed by the lych-gate in Church Street and by a couple of gates in the metal railings on the northern side.

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St Swithun, Bathford

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Location

From The Church Rambler – A Series of Articles on the Churches in the Neighbourhood of Bath  by Harold Lewis (1876) p146 “In 1856, as additional space was required in the church, the north aisle was added by the Skrine family, and is still known as the Warleigh aisle. In 1872 the remainder of the church was rebuilt by Mr. Preedy in the Early English style, with a plain ribbed roof, and it now consists of a western tower, nave with north and south aisles, and chancel with a south aisle, the addition of the last-named aisle and an extension of the south aisle of the nave having formed part of the re-edification. Very little remains that is ancient except part of the chancel walls and the porch, in which is a good Norman doorway with chevron moulding.”

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Burials per year

In the period from 1810 there have been over 2,600 burials in an old and a new section of the graveyard. An expansion of the church led to the loss of some memorials, these being used for building. About 1,000 names of those buried appear on memorials. In the 19th century there were between 10 and 25 burials a year, this reducing to less than 10 a year from the 1960s.

Documentation: 

Bathford Parish Registers Burials 1810-1967. A S Craig (1977). Typescript. Indexed. [Bath Central Library, Bath Record Office] The transcriptions of the baptism, marriage and burial register entries for the parish are avaiable at http://www.bathfordsociety.org.uk/ 

Monumental Inscriptions in Bathford Church & Churchyard. Transcribed and indexed by A S Craig, 1978 (amended 1988). Part 1, internal monuments, Part 2, the Old Burial Ground, Part 3 the New Burial Ground. Typescript with surnames for each section and with a plan of the churchyard. [Bath Central Library, Bath Record Office] 

Bathford Burial Register Entries 1810-2013 - Name Index, P J Bendall (2015) [Bath Record Office]

Burial Register Microfiches:  1729-1905 [Bath Record Office]

National Burial Index 3:         2,592 records (1608-1985)