The Churchyard

John Shipley's Grave

​​On 13th December, 1795 a 56 pound meteorite, the second largest recorded in England, landed about half a mile north of Wold Newton village, in a field near The Wold Cottage, at the time the home of a magistrate named Mr Edward Topham.  Fortunately, the meteorite's passage and impact were observed and the statements of witnesses were taken on oath by Mr Topham.  The loud explosion "alarmed the surrounding country and created so distinctly the sensation that something very singular had happened".  That sensation was strongest of all for Mr Topham's shepherd, one John Shipley, who was within 150 yards of the spot and who was struck very forcibly by mud and earth as the meteorite plunged into the ground.

John Shipley, is buried in Wold Newton churchyard, very close to the main entrance, on the right of the path leading up to it. He is the first person to be buried in Wold Newton churchyard, as the Church first received a licence for interment only shortly before his death.   His headstone, pictured below is inscribed as follows:


Died May 17th 1829
Aged 51 years

All you that do behold this stone,
Think how quickly I was gone,
Death does not always warning give,
Therefore be careful how you live.

Click on the image of John Shipley's headstone, below, to obtain more information about the Wold Cottage Meteorite
Vestry and Toilets Project

In order to continue to maintain its mission of being a focal point for Christian worship and work in our community, and also to enhance the use of the Church for other community uses, we are embarking an ambitious project to ehance the facilities in the church, which requires the following work to be put in place.
  • Replace the wooden flooring in the vestry, currently in a very poor condition, with an insulated solid floor
  • Install a toilet with disabled access facilities in part of the vestry.   This is not only a basic requirement for the effective use of the church, but also to enhance the use of the church building for a variety of community uses
  • Replace the current kitchen units, sink and storage, to allow the serving of refreshments 
  • Replace the current floor standing boiler with a modern more efficient wall mounted unit, and thereby also provide more space for storage units
  • Improved disabled access

We continue to make progress on this project in conjunction with the Church Architect and Diocesan Buildings Officer.   Final plans are now available, and consultations with prospective builders are ongoing.   The next stages include obtaining the necessary Building Regulation approvals, English Heritage archaeological search, fundraising and Dioicesan approval.  

Watch this space to see how the project moves forward.