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Aldbourne Monuments Digital Record

Welcome to the Aldbourne Monuments Digital Record.

Please note, we are in the process of constructing these pages.

This comprises the monuments in Aldbourne’s two burial grounds, that of St Michael’s churchyard, and the much smaller Zoar Baptist graveyard near St Michael’s church.

Monuments inside St Michael’s church will be added to this Digital Record in due course.

The St Michael’s Churchyard Heritage Project, carried out in 2017 and 2018, seeks to record, as far as possible, the inscriptions on each visible stone, building on the key details captured by the Wiltshire Family History Society, in their survey carried out in the early 1980s. In many cases, these records have been invaluable, where inscriptions have become less clear or have become hidden over the past three decades.

In addition, the Churchyard Heritage Project has sought to build a comprehensive picture of those plots, from 1887, for which there are no gravestones. This has been achieved through the cross-referencing of contemporaneous burial records and the parish registers.

The Aldbourne Monuments Digital Record enables gravestone inscriptions to be located through browsing, with links to photographs of the respective gravestones.

The Aldbourne Monuments Digital Record also has records of plots for which there are no gravestones. These records are based on contemporaneous records, from 1891 onwards.

To search the record click the links for the Digital Record pages below, then enter the desired name or date into the search field at the top of the table.

To see all the fields for a particular grave click the green plus icon to expand the row.

To see an image of the memorial just link the drive.google.com link (only graves with a memorial will have a photograph) .

The data has been divided into three blocks, these are handled separately, so if you don’t find what you’re looking for on one page, search on the others as well. Also bear in mind spelling variations, the record uses the spelling as it was on the monument, not how we might choose to spell now.

Brief History of St Michael’s Churchyard

People have been buried in churchyards for many centuries

Although very few visible signs of pre-seventeenth century burials remain, evidence of the history of a churchyard is buried far beneath its more recent occupants.

St Michael’s church, as we know it, was built on the site of an earlier Saxon church. It is likely that …

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Churchyard Plan

This colour-coded plot map of St Michael’s Churchyard is based on a plan originally drawn up in about 1926.

 

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Churchyard Map

This gravestone map adopts the same colour coding, with the addition of “on the ground” features to help with navigation.

 

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Digital Record Part1

This block of data covers blocks Blue, Brown, Dark Green and some of Green (See also Part 2 and Part 3)

To search enter the desired name or date into the search field at the top of the table.

To see all the fields for a particular grave click the green plus icon …

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Digital Record Part2

This block of data contains area Orange, Pale Blue, Pink, Purple, Red, and parts of both Green and Yellow. (See also Part 1 and Part 3)

To search enter the desired name or date into the search field at the top of the table.

To see all the fields for a particular grave …

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Digital Record Part3

This block of data cover parts of Yellow, the old area, the childrens slab, and any later additions. It also covers the few memorials from Zoar Baptist burial ground in Back Lane. (See also Part 1 and Part 2)

To search enter the desired name or date into the search field at the …

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