Closed Churchyards

The Council is currently responsible for the maintenance of the closed churchyards at St. Benedict Biscop in Wombourne, St. John the Evangelist in Swindon, St. Paul's, in Coven and St. Peter's in Kinver.

A churchyard can become closed under one of the following circumstances:

  • It is full and there is no space for any new burial plots
  • The continued use of the churchyard for burials may constitute either a risk to safety or be contrary to decency
  • If not allowing any further burials to take place may prevent or mitigate nuisance

As part of our maintenance programme and to ensure that the closed churchyards are safe places for the public to visit, we manage the safety of memorials by referring to management guidelines from the Ministry of Justice (see website link below).

For more details on what we are responsible for at these churchyards, please contact Bereavement Services on 01902 696111 or at

For information on other matters relating to these churches you will need to contact the church direct using the following contact details and website links below:

  • St. Benedict Biscop, Wombourne: Telephone: 01902 897700
  • St. John the Evangelist, Swindon: Telephone: 01384 298627
  • St. Paul's, Coven: Telephone: 01902 791923
  • St. Peter's, Kinver: Telephone: 01384 872877


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