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St. Chad’s churchyard is a haven for wildlife, plants and flowers. Some areas have been left untouched for generations, letting the wildlife thrive. Hedges provide nesting sites for Blackbirds, Blue Tits and Robins. The taller trees are home to Jackdaws and Wood Pigeons. You may see hedgehogs foraging for worms in the mown grass and, as dusk falls, bats leave their roosts in the tall trees (and maybe even in the belfry!) in search of supper. In these special places, you’ll also discover the history and stories of people who lived in the area. Take time to stand, sit and stare at the hidden delights all around you.

You can’t miss the two great Cedar trees Cedrus libani planted in1881. Look out for the Weeping Ash Fraxinus excelsior in the North graveyard. You’ll also see our two Yew trees Taxus baccata which are at least 500 years old and have survived two raging fires at the church. Yew trees are particularly associated with Christian churchyards because their evergreen leaves and remarkable powers of regeneration symbolise the resurrection, continuity of life and consistency in faith. As Yew trees made the best longbows many were felled in the Middle Ages but protests against using trees from
consecrated ground to make weapons saved those in the churchyards.

a) Primrose
Primula vulgaris

b) Bluebell
Hyacinthoides non-scripta

c) Forget-me-not
Myosotis scorpioides

d) Cowslip
Primula Veris

e) Daffodil

f) Foxglove
Digitalis purpurea

g) Yew Tree
Taxus baccata

h) Germander Speedwell
Veronica chamaedrys

i) Cuckoo Pint
Arum maculatum
Also known as ‘Lords and Ladies’

j) Lichen

k) Snowdrop
Yr Eirlys
Also known as ‘Eve’s Tears’ or Candlemas
Bells (Candlemas is 2nd Feb.)

l) Hawkweed

The ‘Founder’s Tomb’ is said to be the grave of the architect of the old church who fell from the roof
to his death around the year 1490. Can you see the ‘upside-down’ flaming torches on the panels
of coats of arms - what might they symbolise? Delving further into the past, Welsh hero Owain
Glyndwr married Margaret Hanmer, at St Chad’s in about 1380. Owain was to lead a revolt against the English but his resting place remains a mystery.

An interesting historical grave is that of Luke Lloyd who died on
31st March 1695 aged 87. He was an officer in Cromwell’s
army and an ancestor of the Baron Kenyons of Gredington.





Knocked down in around 1642, during the Civil War,
this weathered ancient preaching cross depicts
St Chad. It was reinstated in 1739, when a parish
record accounts for ‘setting ye cross right’.




Look out for...

Sundials in the
South churchyard.
Cast iron plates - memorials
popular in late Victorian times.
Two war graves of Royal
Artillery soldiers from
World War I.
Water birds such as the
Great Crested Grebe
visiting from the mere.
Butterflies such as the
Peacock attracted by a
controlled nettle patch.



Hanmer Churchyard Trail, Movie: Part 1



Hanmer Churchyard Trail, Movie: Part 2


St Chad’s Churchyard, Hanmer Management Plan - click here

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