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Below is a precis of the original project written by Ian Thompson. A full version is available here.
Please note: some of the gravestone data within this document has been corrected through further investigation. Genealogists should use the data held on the Grave survey page.
Project design for the mapping of the Very Old and Separate Churchyard
NGR SD6516 7216
Ingleborough Archaeology Group
1.1 The site in question is at the centre of the village of Burton in Lonsdale, at the extreme western edge of North Yorkshire.
1.2 The Very Old and Separate Churchyard is located to the east of the parish church of All Saints. It is maintained by the Burton in Lonsdale Parish Council with a faculty (permit) for any activity granted by the Diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales. It occupies an area of 0.14 hectares and contains 41 headstones of a variety of types. The churchyard was opened in 1821? and closed in 1928? although one burial of ashes was permitted in 1996 of a related family member.
1.3 Altitude drops from 89m OD at the north western corner to 85m OD at the south eastern corner. The ground slopes gently except in the south eastern corner where there is a steep gradient. The survey will concentrate on the area occupied by headstones which excludes the south eastern corner.
1.4 No documentary records are known to exist.
1.5 Summary data for the headstones is in the table below
1.6 Inscriptions on the headstones have been recorded and these data are held by the Parish Clerk, Sue Gregory.
2. Research aims and objectives
2.1 It is proposed to use the Total mapping station to prepare an accurate plan of the churchyard, recording the location of each exposed headstone. The database of location data will then be cross-referenced to the transcribed inscriptions. Existing internet based records for churchyard memorials will be reviewed and one selected which can be used to publish the records created for Burton in Lonsdale closed churchyard.
2.2 Possible future extensions of the project would be to repeat the mapping exercise in other local churchyards. Alternatively, the database created could underpin a broader project on the history of those buried in the Burton churchyard.
3.1 Desk-based assessment
Existing inscription transcriptions will be compared to the hand drawn plan of the churchyard to check for discrepancies. Internet websites of cemetery records will be reviewed to determine the structure of data to be collected. If an appropriate database with search facility exists this will be proposed for use in disseminating project results in addition to publishing on the IAG website.
3.2 Topographical surveying
Planning of the site will be carried out using the Total station. This will be followed up by the preparation of a plan and creation of a database allowing the addition of data related to each headstone.
4.1 Hardcopies of the final project report will be given to:
All Saints Church, Burton in Lonsdale, Burton in Lonsdale Parish Council and Burton in Lonsdale History Society.
4.2 Data will be published on the IAG website and if a suitable internet database with free search access by members of the public can be identified, the data will also be uploaded there.
5.1 The site lies on land that is owned by the Church of England diocese of West Yorkshire and The Dales.
5.2 The Churchwarden, Ann Whitworth has expressed the opinion that no faculty is required from the diocese for a survey and has given her permission to proceed.
6. Health and Safety
6.1 Full and due regard will be given to the safety of participants and the health and safety policy will be in accordance with standard archaeological procedures. Briefings will be given as necessary to all participants, with training as and when required. A site incident book will be kept and a first aid kit will be kept on site by the appointed First Aider. A full risk assessment will have been completed prior to work on site. No excavation will occur.
6.2 IAG has full liability insurance.
7.1 IAG possesses all the equipment needed for the survey and no significant equipment costs are anticipated.
Publication costs will be met from the Group’s own financial reserves and are expected to be no more than £50.