The “Old” Graveyard
Surrounding the church is the “old” graveyard, which probably dates back to its foundation. It contains a mediaeval grave marker which may date as far back as the 13th century. These grave markers are a feature of East Kent particularly in the Hythe area.
This churchyard, formerly grazed by sheep, was closed to further burials by Order of the Privy Council with effect from 5th January 1995 and the area is now maintained by Ashford Borough Council.
The village lost a number of men in both the First and Second World Wars, but there is only one War Grave in the graveyard, that of Sergeant Pilot Donald Leslie Baker, who was serving with the Royal Air Force, when he was killed on 21st January 1943.
The “New” Graveyard
To the west of the “old” graveyard behind Tilmenden, the “new’ graveyard is to be found on land donated to the church for this purpose in 1948. In addition to graves, there is an area where ashes are interred.
The plan of the area where ashes are interred (towards the rear of the graveyard on the bank) can be accessed here. If you are searching for a particular grave in this graveyard, please contact a churchwarden, who can consult the church’s records.
There is unrestricted access to both graveyards should you wish to visit.