St Mary Magdalene Churchyard “new extension”


This is an ongoing project …

We have burial registers and a graveyard plan for the “New Churchyard” or “Churchyard Extension”. This acre of land, formerly part of the Rectory Gardens, was added to the churchyard in 1917.


Numbered grave plan for “New Churchyard”. Click to enlarge in separate window.

The winter time gives the opportunity to read some of the stones that are hidden by vegetation. Brian, who does the most wonderful job of keeping the churchyard landscape looking good, has recently uncovered some new names.

Sadly there are also a large number of unmarked graves.

Plot 92 Marmaduke Bell  buried 12.013.1900.

Death of the eccentric Marmaduke Bell of Rodborough Fort

Also plot 92 William J. Miller of Wallbridge buried 28.08.1928

Plot 92 is very overgrown. There may be a kerb stone underneath. The vase carries a 1950s inscription to Emily Miller

Plot 149 William Butler died 03.07.1911

Plot 182 Alice May LEONARD died Houndscroft 1942, also Caroline LEWIS died Rodborough 1906 and “Mrs” LEWIS died Stonehouse 1908 and Clara MARTIN died  Houndscroft 1961

Plot 190 George GORTON died in Bristol 1944, also Emily Beata GORTON died in Harrogate in 1962.

Plot 275 Edwin Barradine (1831-1912)

Plot 295 (unmarked)

In addition to later burials, here lies George Brown UZZELL (1832-1910) and his wife Ann (1835-1914) of Church House, Church Place, Rodborough. George was a tailor.

George Brown Uzzell (courtesy of family)
Ann Brown Uzzell (courtesy of family)

Click to read George Brown Uzzell death, Stroud News 09.12.1910

Plot 315 VICK Albert Thomas (1867-1911)

Of  2 Selsley View, Golden Cross, former caretaker at Rodborough School.

Plot 446 HARRIS

Elizabeth Rose of Rubble Hole

Plot 455 WEAVING

Weaving Joseph William died 22.05.1920

Plot 456 ROBERTS

Caroline Elizabeth (Lizzie) of Kitesnest Lane. Died aged 48.  Employed at Strachans and mother of Muriel, Ivy & Nellie.

From Stroud Journal Friday 6th Feb 1920

Plot 603 SHILHAM

Joan 1938, Harry 1945, Emma 1970

Harry Shilham’s son Frank by his first marriage was killed in action in 1915. His name appears on on the WW1 memorial in Rodborough Church.

Thanks to Malcolm Jones for this photo of Harry Shilham in 1902 on the occasion of his marriage to Emma Toms. he is remembered as having a splendid head of ginger hair.

Click to read: Funeral report Harry Shilham, Stroud News 20.07.1945


Again very overgrown.

From the burial register: Samuel Thompson, died Stroud Hosp, buried 12.10.1938 aged 49, married – plot 615. No other burials recorded in this plot.

Thanks to Malcolm Jones for the photograph thought to be taken at the rear of the Bear Inn c1920’s where the staff under Clara Lavinia Thompson  – nee Jones (white asterisk) ran a café. Samuel (white cross) helped. He was also employed as a ‘Boots’ for the Inn

Plot 693 (unmarked) GARDINER

William Gardiner of The Retreat, Butterrow buried 13.03.1944 aged 80. Alice Gardiner same address, buried 24.01.1951 aged 87.On the 1911 census William, Alice & family lived at 3 Retreat, Butterrow. William was an iron founder.

Plot 807 (unmarked) GARDINER
Ernest Harold Gardiner, of The Retreat, Butterrow, bachelor, buried 29.02.1964 aged 57.  Son of Willam & Alice (Plot 693). On the 1911 census he is an iron founder.