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 last of the planned recording sessions is at Peakirk which will be the last Parish to be recorded in Nassaburgh Hundred. 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
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 have had successful recording sessions at Blisworth and Pattishall but need to return to Cold Higham to complete recording there before moving on to the 'Lambfold' benefice. This includes Blakesley, Maidford, Farthingstone, Litchborough and Adstone and should provide us with interesting and challenging sessions. Provisional dates are as per the table below.
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
7th Aug
 - Maidford
28th Aug
 - Blakesley
18th Sept
 - Farthingstone

So far this year we have had just a small group of volunteers and we would welcome new members to our team. Experiance is not essential as newcomers would work initially with a more experienced recorder. if you would like to join us in recording or if you have a particular interest in any of the parishes we will be visiting this year then please contact us (as below) 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 - Robert or Gillian Hill

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 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 - August 17, 2015