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Outside the church
Although our churchyard is busy, people are struck by its peace and beauty. Discover how Christians today remember their past with hope for the future.
Pericles once said: “What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others.” He was right, but monuments have played a part in remembering the dead since time immemorial. Here we offer you a selection of some of the more notable of the monuments in St Clement’s churchyard.
At the top of the churchyard stands an imposing memorial known as the Pixley Sepulchre. It was originally built on the instructions of Marie Noel for the Labey, Anquetil, Falle, Messervy, Vaudin and Le Brun families, who were successive owners of the property now known as St Clement’s Farm.
Look up towards the top of the churchyard, to the left of the Pixley memorial (the Angel Tomb) and you will see a large meadow-like area leading up to the fields beyond. Some years ago, the present Rector David Shaw organised a community project to plant out the churchyard with daffodils.
St Clement Church’s burial records were transcribed during the course of 2007 and 2008 and are now available on this site in a searchable database. Anyone who is interested in family history or who would like to know where a friend or relative is buried can consult our records at no charge.