Thornhill Parish Church

Serving the local community


As well as being a consecrated and active burial ground the churchyard  is a resource for local historians and  a haven for wildlife of all sorts.  An interesting and informative study by Marjorie Middleton- one of our members- provides a snapshot of the wildlife that may be seen.

To view this document please click here

Churchyard  Teacher's Information Pack click here

Churchyard Geology Trail click here


 Arboricultural reports     July 2012

click here to view report  and

here to see location plan









Churchyard from West looking ENE

  from the churchyard carers! 

The churchyard of Thornhill Parish Church is a beautiful oasis situated between busy main roads in Thornhill. Covering an area of round about 3 acres it is a place of solitude and peace for the relatives of the departed. The churchyard is visited by many people tending graves or cremated remains plots and also by people passing through on a leisurely walk. Such a large area of grassland needs constant maintenance and we at Thornhill have a small and dedicated team of carers who meet regularly on summer Saturdays to cut grass and generally tidy the churchyard. Anyone wanting to join us is most welcome. Please contact the Rector or churchwardens for information. As can be seen from the pictures some parts of the churchyard are kept neatly cut and some are left to grow wild. These wild areas are home to a huge selection of butterflies, birds, hedgehogs, frogs and other wildlife ( see study by Marjorie Middleton above ). The public house in the corner of the second picture is the Savile arms and is one of only 2 public houses in the country to be situated in consecrated ground.

A working group are looking at ways in which the churchyard can develop into more of a conservation area space whilst retaining the sacred space. Major tree felling and surgery has recently been caried out to remove deseased trees and conserve the others. New pathways are being constructed to make easier access.

Ready to start work----- would you like to help! Just turn up at 9.30 a.m.- 12 noon with shears and spades and   energy!       see weekly notice sheet for latest dates   

Dates for Churchyard Maintenance 2014

Next is August 2nd


 Please contact Michael Sheerin if you are interested in helping with maintaining our beautiful churchyard.

01924 457918


Rectory Park -across the road from the churchyard is the wonderful Thornhill Rectory Park which was once the home of the Rectors of Thornhill. There has always been a close contact with the park and the church.  The Friends of Rectory Park  (click here  ) have a new website 'Rectory Park gone wild ' click here to see it. There are some wonderful pictures to look at here. There is a super picture too of the spitfire which came to our Summer Fair.








Views of the churchyard-

there is far more than you can see here!!