For those seeking more information about the
history of St James' Church itself,
a brief history is provided on the
Sutton & Wawne Website
[or click on the Old School image]
Scroll down the left-hand menu and
click on the CHURCH HISTORY button
when you get there.
There is also a great deal more information about the
village and general area, including Wawne and Stoneferry, including a full list of graves in the churchyard.
This is where you will also find photos
and listings of all the names on our
War Memorial, as well as 14 CWGC War Graves
and 5 Family War Graves
in our churchyard
It's the site to go to for local family history help.
INFORMATION ON GRAVES IN THE CHURCHYARD
Basic details of the locations of graves in the churchyard, and inscriptions on the stones and monuments, are held by the Family Historians in the Museum, inside the Old School (the former St James Cof E School). They can be viewed in their Monumental Inscription booklet, along with a basic churchyard map, on Fridays, 10am - 2pm. These records were compiled by volunteers and only date from the 1970s. Even then, they only record the memorials that were still standing at that time, and so only on marked graves.
More detailed information regarding the exact plot number of a grave, including those for which there has been no stone or memorial visible since the 1970s, can only be obtained in the Church Office, where the parish clerk has access to a more detailed plan with plot numbers for most internments. But again, for very early burials, most records have been lost, and a search may not neccessarily yield a positive result. There is a search fee payable for all such searches, the amount of which is laid down by the Diocese of York and is standard across all such churches, and over which neither the vicar nor the clerk has any discretion.
PHOTOS OF GRAVES
However, most of the 1,700 gravestones and memorials that were recorded in the Monumental Inscription book, were photographed by Sutton photographer Bernard Sharp in 2005. The Museum holds a digital archive of most of those that were still reasonably readable, and not covered with ivy or undergrowth, etc, as many have since become. Again, on-screen photos can be seen on Fridays. There is a list of these on the Museum website; click the 'Churchyard' button and follow the links. They also hold a small archive of all 14 CWGC war graves, and 5 family war graves that are part of the overall collection, and they are visible for free on the S&W MUSEUM WEBSITE.
a couple of samples .. .. .. .. .. .. ..