Churchyard Introduction

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Introduction

These pages record the public churchyard records of Norbury Parish Church, Hazel Grove. They represent the current state of the recording. These records are under regular review and will be updated as time and effort allow. In particular, the recording of memorial inscriptions is only partly complete.

The web pages are in three sections.

  • The Name Indexes list the burial records in surname and then first name order. Separate lists are provided for each surname initial letter.
  • The Inscription Indexes list the memorial inscriptions for each section of the churchyard in numerical order. There is a separate list for each section.
  • The Churchyard Maps show a diagrammatic representation of each section of the churchyard giving the approximate layout and identification of each grave.

In total there are about 17,000 burial records for about 4,000 graves.

Please note that it has taken many years to gather this information, and the cost to the church has been significant. We can only enter into correspondence about these records if you are prepared to pay the current statutory fees: £19 for the first hour and £16 for subsequent hours.

The churchyard was first opened for burials in 1834 and has continued in use right up to the present day. All the spaces available for new burials have now been used, but a number of spaces for memorial tablets are still available for the burial of ashes in the Gardens of Remembrance.

A lawn Garden of Remembrance is also available which allows the burial of ashes in a lawn area for the forseeable future. There will be no tablet or marker in the actual lawn but the person's name can be entered in our Book of Remembrance as an optional extra.

Memorial Work Applications

Any work associated with a memorial requires the written permission of the Vicar. This includes a new memorial, repairs to an existing memorial or changes to the memorial inscription. Application for approval of the work should be made using our Memorial Application form which can be downloaded from here.

Friends of Stockport Cemeteries

Dear Friends,

My name is Sheila Robins and I am the secretary of the Friends of Stockport Cemeteries and I am writing to ask for your help.

Our group came into being in 2003 during the implementation of Health and Safety inspections of cemeteries and closed churchyards, which resulted in many headstones/memorials being laid down. The group has been meeting on a regular basis ever since and has worked closely with the council since 2004 to establish improvements in all cemeteries and closed churchyards.

We are working, together with our local council, to bring about effective, long lasting improvements to our cemeteries, which will enhance their tranquillity, improve the understanding of their significance, provide a haven for wildlife and conserve our common heritage – all of which will improve our local environment.

We also organise task days around the borough’s cemeteries and closed churchyards to supplement the council’s maintenance of these sites.

I am therefore asking you because of your connection to Norbury Parish Church to help us improve the church graveyard, and ensure that it is there for the future. We believe cemeteries and closed churchyards record generations of local families and provide a link between those living today and the people of the past.

Please can you help? Membership of the group is open to all those with an interest in its aims and objectives, and costs just £1 per year. We hold regular meetings, issue an annual report and send out newsletters informing you of our activities and social events.

Norbury Parish Church would like to support Friends of Stockport Cemeteries to enhance and improve the churchyard. If you would like a membership form please pick one up from church, or contact Elizabeth Olsson during office hours on 0161-483 6325.

I hope you have an interest in what you have read and wish to make a difference.

Sheila Robins

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