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The parish church of Bollington

Bollington Road, Bollington Cross, SK10 5EG
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St John's Churchyard


Schematic plan of the churchyard

The original 1835 churchyard comprised sections A, B, C and D. In 1896-7, the former vicarage was demolished and the vicarage land and gardens were consecrated to create Area E. In 1932 the first section of Area F was consecrated for burials. This was extended in 1938 and again in 1946. There were still some WW2 air raid shelters at the west end of section F in the early 1950s; these were cleared to permit full use of Area F. It was decided in 2001 that no new graves would be dug anywhere in the churchyard because of the state of the remaining small area of available land. However, burials can still take place in existing family graves if there is sufficient space available. Burial of cremated remains ("ashes") can be arranged in the Columbarium, which has recently been extended to provide space for the foreseeable future. It is also usually possible to inter cremated remains in an existing family grave.

The Columbarium occupies most of Area C.

In 2001, a number of memorials from Areas A and B were re-located to the north side of Area F in order to allow for the future construction of a car parking area. The graves themselves were not disturbed.

The detailed plans of the churchyard show a numbering system for the burial plots. This numbering system was created in the 20th century as a means of locating memorials and burial plots and DOES NOT relate to the order in which graves were dug.

Church Street runs North-South to the East of the church-yard entrance (right hand side of the plan).


How to find a burial plot or memorial

If you know the burial plot number, select the appropriate detail plan from the panel below. If you do not know the plot number, please use our Burials & Memorials Search facility, which includes details from all the burial registers and all the legible memorials (including some that are no longer legible!)

Please note that until recent times, the burial registers usually did NOT indicate the precise location of an individual burial, only that the burial took place in the churchyard. If there is no memorial, it may not be possible to locate the burial plot.

Detail plans of the sections

showing the plot numbers in each section
click on the section reference to see more detail


The Parish Church, its building, activities and clergy are entirely funded by voluntary contributions.

We do NOT receive any financial support from the Government, the Diocese, or the Church Commissioners.

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