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As you enter the Churchyard through the main gates, off Church Lane, you will see the Hearse House to your right, built in 1801, and the boundary wall with a plaque commemorating the enclosure of the Churchyard in 1827.

Straight ahead is the Parish War Memorial dating back to 1921, whilst to your left is a mounting block from 1678. All are listed grade two, as are the boundary wall and the gate piers.

Turn left and walk around to the south side of the church. This area contains the oldest known grave in the Churchyard to the children of Thomas Collier, dated 1641, with ten other 17th Century grave slabs located nearby, all listed as grade II.

The 17th Century grave slabs are listed for their antiquity, whilst a table tomb to Mary Diggle is listed because it is a rare example from this era of a monument carved by a female stone mason.

Standing above the 1827 boundary wall, the imposing Gothic chest tomb, to Laurence Brock, Hollinshead, is listed for its architectural interest, sadly the finial from the top of that wonderful tomb has been stolen.

The short turf around the Church is also worth a closer inspection, particularly if not recently mown. Plants such as, sheep sorrel, and field wood rush, hint at its wildlife importance, as do the array of autumn fungi which includes waxcaps and golden spindle.

Also within this area is the listed stone baluster sundial, although of earlier date, was placed in the Churchyard in 1806. Sadly,the gnomon and dial plate are missing.

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