St Luke's Churchyard and the Cemeteries
The Churchyard, the original burial plot for the church, is a small area directly to the north of the church, i.e. the grassed area between the church and the main road. Over time this was filled so an additional cemetery was started, about 50 metres to the south-west of the church. This cemetery is divided into a number of areas: Christian, a Garden of Remembrance, Methodist, and Unconsecrated. Ashes are sometimes interred in the Garden of Remembrance, and sometimes in standard grave plots (which can accommodate several urns of ashes).
Aerial image of the cemetery:
Church to right (north of the car park).
By the 1960s the cemetery was filling up, but a thoughtful local resident, Mr Cox (who lived at The Shieling in Station Road) generously bequeathed some land to the Parish. Part of this land was used to extend the cemetery (the so-called 'new' section on the eastern and northern sides) and the remainder became the public car park.
Venn Ottery Road Cemetery
Near the end of the 20th century the 'new' cemetery was nearly full so additional land was acquired by the Parish Council to provide for this need in future decades. This newest cemetery is in Venn Ottery Road, about a quarter mile to the north of the main village of Newton Poppleford.
The burial records from about 1940 onwards are kept in large books by the Parish Clerk. These records have been transcribed into a spreadsheet and this is more easily searched than the books, so those wishing to find information on burials and interred ashes can request this from the Parish Clerk.
There are certain rules that apply to interrments in these cemeteries, intended to ensure that records can be maintained appropriately, allowing traceability of burials etc. Some rules also facilitate maintenance of the facilities.
For details please refer to the Policy page within the Parish Council section.