"In 1849 it became necessary to provide
additional ground for burial. No land could be
procured adjoining the churchyard and Miss
Gascoigne gave half an acre against the Hall
Tower Hill. This was duly consecrated and served
the requirements of the parish until 1897, when a
further extension was necessary, and a
considerable discussion arose on the advisiblity
of forming a Burial Board and providing a
cemetary on the rates. Ultimately a piece of
land was acquired adjoining the churchyard, it
contains 2,600 yards (?) and was bought by the
Rector out of the capital of the living without
any cost to the parish.
The Bishop of Ripon consecrated the new ground on 4th. October 1897. The total cost of this, including purchase of land, building the enclosing wall, charges and fees, was £467.5s.3d. of this, £356.9d.9d. was provided by the Rectory, £50 was given by Colonel Gascoigne, and the remainder by offertories in church, and general subscriptions. In the course of this undertaking some old cottages were pulled down, and in clearing away the foundations there was found, in two pieces, a beautiful statuette of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It stands on a stone bracket, altogether 19.5 inches high, and appears to have formed part of a Calvary or Churchyard Cross."
FREDERICK SELINCOURT COLMAN