PROJECTS – Memorial Inscriptions

Memorial Inscription Group

One of the current projects of the Northamptonshire Family History Society is the transcribing of Memorial Inscriptions in the parishes of the diocese. Many have already been recorded and, currently, we are working in the south Daventry area.  The area in the south of the county around Brackley still needs to be covered and we would be interested in working with any groups in this area to record these parishes.

Eventually each set of transcriptions is indexed and published in a small booklet which includes a plan of the churchyard and has a picture of the church on the front cover.    The booklet will also include memorials recorded at any other church or local cemetery within the parish. Details of which books are available can be found here. 
New Publications Ashby St Ledger £1.75, Aston Le Walls £2.00, Badby £2.75, Barby £3.00, Cateby £1.50, Charwelton £2.00, East Haddon £3.00, Fawsley £1.75, Hellidon £2.25, Kilsby £3.00, Nether Heyford £3.50, Staverton £ 2.75, Whilton £2.25 & Welton £2.50

All the recording work is done by our volunteers (although sometimes working with people living in a parish).  We usually have recording session once or twice a month from April through to October. 

The Program for 2019 

Our Plan for the 2019 season is to begin recording in the benefice of Culworth with Sulgrave, Thorpe Mandeville, Chipping Warden with Edgecote and Moreton Pinkney.
We can always use more volunteers. If you have a particular interest in one of our Parishes or would like to join us on a regular basis, please get in touch to be added to our list of contacts, as dates and venues can change at short notice.
We record on Fridays and the provisional dates are  23rd August, 6th & 20th September. Venues to be confirmed.

23rd August  Culworth
6th & 20th September Sulgrave

Contact: Jill Boys:  Email: jill_boys@yahoo.com    01604 830378 or 07598308473

It can be fascinating, challenging (some of the churchyards are beautifully kept but others can be overgrown or quite rough underfoot) but very enjoyable.  We work well as a team and usually have a break for a picnic lunch in the middle of the day.

New volunteers are very welcome and also people with a particular interest in a parish.  We work in pairs so a less experienced person can work with someone who has been part of the project for some years.    We record memorials inside churches too and include any inscription or notice which may be of interest.

Dates or venues sometimes have to be changed due to adverse weather or something happening within a parish so it is advisable to make contact before visiting any church.