Genealogy

The late Peter Hinman researched a number of long-established Lighthorne families and some of his research is in digital form and can be accessed via the Archive page.

The Hunt family outside 2 Church Cottages, circa 1905. Photo: David Humphriss

Surveys of the gravestone inscriptions in St. Laurence’s Church graveyard were conducted in the early 20th century by the Rev. Harvey Bloom and in 1985 a survey of the gravestone inscriptions and the memorial inscriptions within the church was published by the Birmingham and Midland Society for Genealogy and Heraldry (LH150).

In 1999 a GPS survey of the graves in the churchyard was undertaken by Butler Sherborn of Burford, but this lacks accuracy.

In 2007 Irene Proudman and the late John Boom started the task of resurveying the gravestones and allocating them, as far as possible, to the 1999 plan. This proved difficult as the 1999 plan was inaccurate. Between 2011 and 2014 a number of members of the society, under the direction of Colin Such, dug up the gravestones which had been laid horizontal and covered by earth, triangulated the graveyard and plotted the positions of the graves on a 1:100 plan. They recorded the inscriptions and cross-checked them with the earlier surveys. A number of anomalies remain and several of the gravestones located in the earlier surveys were not found. This is a link to the Excel spreadsheet on which the information is recorded LH148(E).

There is an on-going programme of photographing all of the gravestones which were laid horizontal and in due course sketch maps will be published to show the approximate positions of the gravestones.