Church of England Diocese of Chichester Cowden

Official Notice re: the old Churchyard

17 Aug 2020, 12:30 p.m.

Closure to burials of St Mary Magdalene Churchyard, Cowden, Kent

** Please also read the Important Notes underneath the following Notice **

Notice is hereby given that it is the intention of the Secretary of State for Justice, acting on an application by the incumbent and churchwardens, to apply to the Privy Council for an Order requiring the discontinuance of burials in the above churchyard.

Provision would be made for the following exceptions:

a. in any vault or walled grave in the churchyard, burial may be allowed but every coffin in such vault or grave must be separately enclosed by stonework or brick work properly cemented;

b. in any existing earthen grave in the churchyard, the burial may be allowed of the body of any member of the family of the person or persons previously buried in that grave, but no part of the coffin containing the body shall be less than one metre below the level of the surface of the ground adjoining the grave; and

c. in any grave space in which no interment has previously taken place, the burial may be allowed of any person for whom, or any member of the family for which that grave space has been reserved and appropriated, with the exclusive right of burial there, but no part of the coffin containing the body shall be less than one metre below the level of the surface of the ground adjoining the grave.

Any representations about the proposed closure should be sent to:

Coroners and Burials Team, Ministry of Justice, 102 Petty France, London SW1H 9AJ

or emailed to [email protected] (in either case quoting reference OPR/075/418)

by Tuesday 8th September 2020

IMPORTANT NOTES

The closure only applies to the old churchyard surrounding the church building, which has unofficially been closed to burials for at least the last 50 years.

It does not prevent the interment of cremated remains (ashes).

It does not affect in any way burials or interment of cremated remains in the Parish Burial Ground.

It does not affect access to or the Right of Way across the churchyard

For further information, please contact  Hilary Clarkson 01342 851495 or Stephen Boakes 01342 850547