the Bunny Village website:
Prior to 1999, no accurate plan of Bunny Churchyard was known to exist.
The Index of Memorial Inscriptions recorded by Nottinghamshire Family
History Society in 1984 was used as a basis for the study and the Churchyard
was accurately surveyed during 1999. A few gravestones were missed in
the 1984 survey, including that of Mary Champin who died in 1702 (the
earliest so far discovered.) The latest gravestone recorded in the work
is dated 1984.
Against each located grave in the INDEX OF GRAVES is a co-ordinate reference
to the CHURCHYARD PLAN, consisting of four figures. The first two indicate
the row number in which the grave is to be found and the last two figures
indicate its position in that row. Unfortunately the Churchyard plan is
not yet available in an electronic form, although it is hoped a copy will
be placed within Bunny Church soon. It is also hoped that we will be able
to produce a simplified version of the plan to be made available online
later in 2009.
View of Bunny Churchyard from the tower
On the CHURCHYARD PLAN each grave is marked with
the name and year of the most recent burial therein. Only the first
six letters of the surname and the year are given so as to avoid
a cramped notation but this is sufficient to identify the entry
in the INDEX. Thus the CHURCHYARD PLAN indicates when the grave
was last used.
The INDEX, and the CHURCHYARD PLAN, are records of interments
marked by a gravestone and the entries should match those in the
Register of Burials for Bunny and
Bradmore. Where a direct match has been made between the Churchyard
inscription entry and the Burials register, a link has been added
alongside the Inscriptions entry directly to the entry on the Burials
Index. Links have also been added back from the Burials index entry
to the Inscriptions entry for completeness.
The inscription records also include the burial of cremated remains at
the western end of the Churchyard. These are marked by small plaques and
commemorative vases. As these plots are small, their location in row 25
is indicated by one of two references - 2510 (southern end), or 2525 (northern
Many gravestones to the south of the Church dating from the 18th century
and into the early 20th century, have been removed from their original
sites and re-laid contiguously in rows. Sometimes the re-laid stones have
been placed on top of other stones. Where this has been discovered, and
the concealed stone revealed, it has been recorded in the INDEX and given
the same reference as the stone lying above it but with an additional
figure ‘9’ at the end to denote an overlain stone.
Where a mason’s or engraver’s name has been identified, this
is shown in square brackets in the index, thus [Winfield]
Grave plots shown with a circle were ‘occupied’ according
to a plan drawn in about 1978. This was not drawn to scale and only parts
of it were filled in. Entries shown as ‘No Known Plot’ are
burials with no gravestone taken from the most recent Register of Burials.