The Churchyard

The churchyard is well maintained. Recently the paths have been upgraded and the kissing gate refurbished using funds raised by Friends of Coaley Church. There are plans to fit a wrought iron gate big enough to allow for easier access. A team of volunteers keep the grass cut. In the summer of 2014, to mark the tenth anniversary of the death of a colleague buried in the church yard, a group from the former RAF station at Lyneham, spent the day clearing and tidying the overgrown areas. In the autumn a number of bird boxes were put up.

The churchyard contains several listed chest tombs. One has a carving of a “green man” which is rare in churchyard symbolism. Those near the church entrance in memory of the Joyner family have been restored. Opposite the north door there is a slab in the grass in memory of a former organist, Mary Smith. A brass plaque on the stone includes an organ and a musical quotation from Handel’s “Messiah”- I know that my Redeemer liveth.