7. Churchyard Regulations 2024

All Saints Church, Oaksey – Churchyard Regulations 2024

As All Saints Church Oaksey is a Grade 1 listed building in a Conservation Area, the following restrictions apply to monuments erected in the churchyard. These restrictions are tighter than the Bristol Diocese regulations and are in addition to them. Right click on the link below for full details of the Diocesan regulations.

Diocese of Bristol | Church buildings (anglican.org)

Then scroll down to Churchyards / Burials / Memorials and click on:

Diocesan churchyard regulations 2021


The monument is to be in one of the following materials:

– English limestone

– Portland stone

– Purbeck stone

– Nebresina (Roman stone) or stone of the above type and of a Cotswold colour

– English oak

Design of Memorial

The Diocesan regulations apply with the further restriction that the headstone should be plain with a simple curved top. It may have a plain cross engraved on it. Any base should be rectangular. An alternative to the above is a simple cross, or a horizontal tablet let into the ground.

No insert or component of metal, plastic or other material is permitted apart from lead filling of lettering. No painting or colouring is permitted apart from lettering (or the engraved cross if applicable) where the paint used should only lightly contrast with the stone.

No plastic or artificial flowers, or any other unsuitable adornments are permitted to be placed at, on, or near, both existing and new graves/ headstones.

Disposal of surplus material

In excavating a grave, all surplus material must be removed from the churchyard.

Mr. J. Falkingham
Oaksey Parochial Church Council
Updated: 9th January 2024