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Crosthwaite Parish Church, Keswick

CHURCH YARD


CARE OF GRAVES

Adherence to these guidelines, which are based on Diocesan Regulations, ensures that the

church yard can be maintained in a tidy and fitting manner to the benefit of all.

The attention of relatives visiting graves is drawn to the following:

Wreaths and cut flowers may be placed on graves or put in small removable vases or containers

on or set into the foot of the headstone. They need to be removed when they appear withered.

It is preferable that fresh cut flowers, not artificial ones, are placed on graves although Remembrance

Day poppies on graves of men and women who served in the armed forces are an obvious exception.

Bulbs may be planted in the soil of the grave and small flowering plants may be placed

in removable containers on the foot of the headstone as above.

Bushes, shrubs, and plants may not be planted in the soil of the grave. Withered and faded flower displays and items contravening the above, such as planted shrubs, large pots, extraneous stone edgings, gravel and figurines may be removed by maintenance personnel.


Further information:-

Permission of the Vicar must be sought before any memorial can be erected over a grave.

Permission of the Vicar must be sought for the burial of cremated remains (ashes).

They may not be scattered within the perimeter of the churchyard.

Crosthwaite Church PCC

Crosthwaite Church Yard


The church yard at Crosthwaite is extensive and still in use for burials. Visitors find it a tranquil space to wander around looking at the various inscriptions

on the stones, some dating back several centuries, or sitting to admire the view on one of the many benches provided.


The poet Southey, Cannon Rawnsley, his wife Edith and Bishop Treacy (the railway Bishop) are among the notables buried in the church yard.

The cost of maintenance is born entirely by the worshipping congregation, supplemented only by fees for burials.


Only those who have family connections or who live in the Parish may be buried in the church yard, although it is possible to inter the ashes of those

who have looser connections with the area.

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