Welcome to the new Churchyards website

Lanner Churchyard

Stithians Churchyard

St Day Churchyard

Gwennap Churchyard

“People will not look forward to posterity who never look backward to their ancestors.”

Edmund Burke, Reflections on the Revolution in France


The Historic Churchyards Group was set up in 2002 to help make the churchyards of Cornwall’s central mining villages more easily accessible for research and education.

Rural churchyards are like time capsules that preserve a record of those who have lived and died in the parish. They also provide a refuge untouched by the ravages of development and urban sprawl which is particularly valuable as a habitat for wildlife: from mice to lichens; newts to bluebells; song birds to butterflies.

The churchyards are managed to encourage and enhance this biodiversity whilst at the same time maintaining a respectful degree of formality and order.