Using this resource:
In this area you will find a complete listing
of all the memorial inscriptions found at the church and around the
village. There is also a plan of the churchyard which shows the location
of the various gravestones. Both the plan and the inscriptions themselves
are very large files (200+ Kb) - please be patient while they download.
These inscriptions were recorded by members of Helmdon
WEA in the years 1997 & 1998. They have been matched with
the most appropriate entry from the parish record but there is no
guarantee that these are correct.
Many stones are badly weathered and this, in addition to difficult
ancient handwriting, causes some discrepancies in date etc,. Until
1751 records were kept with the year commencing on Lady Day, the
25th March until the following 24th March, so in some cases dates
seem a year out. As with all transcriptions those of particular
interest should be checked with the original documents but we hope
that this work has made that job easier.
Several WEA members and others living in the village have been
involved in this project. Audrey Forgham, Judith Cairns, June Drew,
Ian Drew, Gerald Holt, Liz Woolley, Conrad Woolley, Ross Vicars,
Jean Spendlove and Valerie Moir worked on transcribing the gravestones.
June Drew's illustrations have added great interest to this work.
The typing and checking was done by Sue Wadeson, Valerie Moir and
Stewart Moir and thanks are also due to Reg Batchelor for help in
finding unknown graves and Celia Terrey for help with parish registers.
A copy of this work has been given to Helmdon Church, Helmdon Chapel,
Northamptonshire Record Office, Northamptonshire Family History
Society and Helmdon WEA.
18th October 1998.