Alnham Churchyard

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St Michael’s Churchyard

St Michael’s Church is set within a beautiful walled churchyard. In keeping with its pastoral setting, sheep are frequent visitors! They come in through a small gap in the wall, known as the ‘sheep’s smoot’ (an Old Norse word for a narrow passage or hole).

Near the entrance to the churchyard, there are three stones carved with ‘socket’ holes, as bases for crosses. These are thought to date from Saxon times, which would mean that they pre-date the present church.

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Graveyard recording

There are 80?? marked graves in the churchyard, the oldest dating from xxxxx. These are marked on a plan held by the parish.

In the summer of 2018, the Young Archaeologists’ Club based at Newcastle University spent a day at St Michael’s learning about graveyard recording. They developed skills in mapping the site and recording information about the gravestones.

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