Abram Churchyard Scheme has been in operation for around 30 years. After a major renovation of the churchyard in the early 1980s a small group of volunteers formed and continue to meet today, almost weekly, to ensure the churchyard remains a beautiful and well cared for place.
The aims of Abram Churchyard Scheme are:
- Ensure the churchyard is maintained to the highest standard possible.
- To provide a place of relaxation and tranquillity.
- To be a pleasant, attractive and accessible place for visitors.
- To keep up to date records of burials and ensure information is easily accessible.
- A place that values and protects its heritage.
To view a map of the churchyard click here.
Annual Donations Scheme:
Abram Churchyard Scheme operates an annual donations scheme where those who have responsibility for a grave are asked to make a donation of £10 towards the upkeep of the churchyard. All donations received are used solely for the aims set out above. To enquire about the churchyard or to become part of the annual donation scheme please contact us
- All Headstones, memorials or any kind of inscription must be approved by the Vicar or the appointed churchyard officer.
- The cremated remains of a loved one must be interred by the Vicar/Priest or an authorised licensed Lay Minister.
- The scattering of ashes in the churchyard is not allowed.
- The cremated remains cannot be buried in a new grave.
- The maximum number of caskets in any one grave is 8.
- The combined height of a Headstone must not be more than 39” including the base.
- All Headstones should be made of stone – marble/granite.
- No photographs or similar are allowed to be incorporated on a Headstone or memorial.
- One vase/pot only per grave is allowed in addition to that/those incorporated in the base of the Headstone.
- Crosses made of wood, concrete, metal or plastic material are not allowed.
- Plastic vases with spikes, glass vases, troughs, cards, chimes, balloons, photographs, toys or items of a similar nature are not allowed in the churchyard.
- Kerbs, railings, posts, chains or similar items to enclose a grave are not allowed.
- The use of chippings or similar materials to cover the surface of a grave is not allowed.
- Shrubs, bedding plants, bulbs etc., are not allowed on graves.
- Broken vases and/or pots and also items that do not conform to the above will be removed without permission
Garden of Remembrance
- Headstones, crosses, plaques etc., are not allowed in the Garden of Remembrance.
- Flowers must be placed in the vases provided or on the gravel area and not the grass.
- Artificial floral decorations are not allowed in the Garden of Remembrance.
- The burial of caskets is not allowed.
Commonwealth War Graves
There are a number of identified Commonwealth War Graves in the churchyard. To view these records click here
We are very grateful to Lancashire Online Parish Clerks who have transcribed the burial registers for Abram St John the Evangelist Parish Church from 1838 to 2012. To view these records click here
We are very grateful to The Leigh Group of Liverpool and South West Lancashire Family History Society who have transcribed the memorial inscriptions of Abram St John the Evangelist Parish Church from 1838 to 2006. To find out more click here
This is located inside the church building. See Archives
pages for more information.
Maypole Colliery Memorial
There is a memorial in the churchyard with the names of the 75 men and boys who lost their lives in the Maypole Colliery Disaster on 18th August 1908. The colliery was located in Park Lane, Abram and many families in the village suffered the loss of a family member.
To view the memorial and the names of those listed click here