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This has been compiled by the Family History Society of Cheshire, Congleton Group in 2006. Originally the Group copied the inscriptions on the stones of the Churchyard immediately around the Church before they were lost forever by the action of time, weather and decay.

It proved to be a challenging task on occasion, since some gravestones were buried under as much as 4 inches of earth, (one stone was underneath another), or hidden beneath rhododrendon bushes and suchlike, while others had been laid flat and used as a pathway, with the result that much of the inscription had been totally obliterated. Nevertheless, despite the hard work it proved to be an enjoyable task and one which we feel was well worth the three years involved. Altogether there were about 51 17th century gravestones in the Churchyard, see for example B321 (Dodd – 1542) BA 106 (Booker – 1608 in Latin) C123 (Jolley – 1623). Of particular interest are stones such as C218 -­‐220, effigies of knights, A418 William Plant died 1744 aged 100, A106 John Brindley, Captian of the Novice who died of fever in Tabou, W.Africa, B32 Richard Broad a genius and eminent stonemason, C56T Haworth, benefactors of the poor, C405 Margaret Brooks/Porter mother of 23 children.

This is a large publication of more than 800 pages