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Exploring the History of the Churchyard

Fascinating tombstone of William Nicholas in Penrhos churchyard - click here to find out more Under the banner of the Sacred Space project Northern Marches Cymru invited Bob Silvester of CPAT to conduct a workshop on ‘Exploring the history of a churchyard’. Twenty participants from the Wrexham Maelor region gathered at the Hanmer Arms in Hanmer on 20 April to hear a presentation on the various historic features – boundaries, yews, buildings including bier houses and mausolea, crosses and memorials – that are to be found in churchyards, and how these can be recorded to create a permanent record for the future. The group then visited Hanmer churchyard, filling in special recording forms on what they identified, and this was followed by a wide-ranging discussion about problems and possibilities, before lunch was taken at the Hanmer Arms. A good day was had by all.

For further information about churches and their churchyards follow this link to CPAT's Historic Churches webpages

Bob Silvester, April 2009

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