Churchyards Old & New

There are extensive views from the churchyard towards Dorstone Hill in the north and the hills to the west. The church lies close to open farmland and near to the local playing field and bowling club.  The River Dore flows some 220 metres to the north east with its tree-lined tributary, the Pont-y-Weston brook, passing close to the church along its southern side.

St Faith’s stands within an irregular shaped churchyard, delineated by a 1-2m high dry stone capped wall to the south and north,  and a hedge to the east, and railings alongside a bridle path to the west. The eastern and northern sections of the churchyard are sub-circular in plan, suggesting possible pre-Christian (Celtic) origins.  Both the church and churchyard are on a raised platform of ground, c. 1 – 1.5m above the surrounding landscape. There are several mature yew and oak trees within the churchyard, which help create a peaceful atmosphere.

The original graveyard is now full except for where there are double graves.   In 2004, an area of glebe land was allocated for an extension to the churchyard and this is now in use.  In the centre of it, a Memorial Garden has been planted, with a seating area, around which is designated an area for cremated remains.

 

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