St. Mary's Churchyard

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St. Mary's Churchyard

Location
Darlington Road
Long Newton, Stockton-on-Tees Unitary Authority, County Durham, TS21 1PE England
Memorials 122 added (99% photographed)

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St Mary’s Anglican Church can be found on Darlington Road, the main road through Long Newton, opposite the Derry (formerly Londonderry Arms) public house. There is plenty of parking on the road.

The churchyard is sub-rectangular, truncated to the north-east by a curving line of hedge dividing it from the grounds of the former Rectory. Rather as at nearby Elton there is an earthwork feature, a linear bank, in the southern part of the churchyard, running parallel to the road (and cut through by the approach path from the south gate) but swinging northwards at its east end. The monuments have obviously been thinned out in parts; many are of 19th century date, although there are a few 18th-century examples. Three further 18th-century headstones are laid flat in the modern garden of remembrance near the north-west corner of the churchyard.
The low wall on the south side of the churchyard looks to have been rebuilt with old materials; the square piers at the south gate have pyramidal caps, and are of early 19th-century character.

The Vane Mausoleum forms in effect a north aisle to the chancel of the church, although its west end overlaps the nave.
The crypt beneath the mausoleum is reached by a flight of stone steps descending steeply from the external doorway in the north wall, to a narrow doorway into the main crypt, which is roofed by a segmental east-west vault, in the apex of which is a hatch through which coffins could be lowered.

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GPS Coordinates: 54.54177, -1.40985

  • Added: 1 Mar 2016
  • Find A Grave Cemetery: #2605478