Memorial Inscriptions



Recording Sessions
At the end of 2014 the Society had completed its 18th year of recording memorial inscriptions in the churches and churchyards of the county with a large percentage of the parishes having now been recorded.  Of these some 170 have been published as MI booklets, others are awaiting verification and checking prior to publication. The work of recording the memorial inscriptions is invaluable as the surface of many stones in churchyards are deteriorating rapidly. For each parish we also record any nonconformist graveyards and, sometimes, older parish cemeteries, but not normally newer council cemeteries.

The Northern Group -   The Group have vitualy completed recording at Newborough and the rest of the planned recording sessions are as per list. During the rest of the season any parishes in need of completion or checking will be revisited, usually by small groups. The dates and times for these visits will therefore be arranged with the people concerned and hence no timetable for these can be given.

Northern Group Programme
May 22nd
  - Peakirk
June 12th
  - Peakirk
July 3rd
  - Peakirk

Several members of the Northern Group have retired from recording so new members are still urgently required.  If you live in the area or are prepared to travel you would be made very welcome. No experience is necessary as you will be shown what is required and helped by more experienced recorders.  All you need is enthusiasm. 

The Group meets on Fridays, commencing at 10 am and finishing at the latest by 4pm.

If you like to volunteer please contact David Crombie at  with your name and 'phone number to let him know you would like to join the group and he will contact you with all the necessary information.

Northampton Group - The Northampton Group begin their 2015 memorial inscription recording at Blisworth and then carry on to Cold Higham and Pattishall. Provisional dates are as per the table below. By July we plan to move on to the 'Lambfold Benefice' which includes Blakesley, Maidford, Farthingstone, Litchborough and Adstone. This should provide interesting and challenging sessions. Please contact/email Robert or Gillian Hill before going to a churchyard as the venues and dates sometimes have to be changed at the last moment.

The big area of the county lying to the south west of Northampton and including the parishes around Towcester, Brackley and Daventry is so far virtually unrecorded. We would be interested in working with any groups in this area to record these parishes.

Northampton Group Programme
10th April
 - Blisworth
8th May
 - Cold Higham
29th May
 - Cold Higham
12th June
 - Pattishall
26th June
 - Pattishall
10th July
 - TBA
24th July
 - TBA

If you would like to join us in recording and join our team or if you have a particular interest in any of the parishes we will be visiting this year then please contact us (as below). Experience is not essential as newcomers would work initially with a more experienced recorder.  Dates and venues change due to weather conditions or events taking place at churches so please get in touch before any session or ask to join our email list. 

The recordings together with a graveyard plan are published as small booklets. Careful checking and editing takes time so please be patient if you are waiting for a particular booklet.
We have just published 12 new booklets for the following parishes :-

Abthorpe £1.75
Dallington £1.75
Dodford £2.25
Easton Neston £2.00
Horton  £1.50
Nassington £1.50
Slapton £1.50
Thorpe Achurch £2.25
Tiffield £1.75
Harlestone £3.25
Paulerspury £3.00
Silverstone £2.75

For multiple orders please e-mail Mary Ginns on for a quote

A full list of all the published Memorial Inscriptions books can be found here.
Download an order form here.
Memorial Inscription books may be purchased online through Parish Chest
and may also be purchased online via Genfair (subject to £3 min order).

Enquiries regarding volunteering for either group should be sent to :
Mary Ginns on 0115 9373199
for the Northern group only to David Crombie
for the Northampton group only to Robert and Gillian Hill

Updated - April 30, 2015