Coming Events

 Lastingham Benefice Events 


An 1878 plan of the graveyard has recently been conserved by NYCRO (North Yorkshire County Record Office) and a copy is being framed to put up in church. 

The gravestones in Lastingham churchyard have recently been documented. A folder of the gravestones with the MI's and photos is now in church. There is also a plan of the numbered graves in the churchyard and an index.


Sunday 22nd October at 10.45am

Please bring any flowers or produce to decorate the church on Friday 20th or Saturday 21st. We are accepting any goods suitable for the FOOD BANK. tinned or dried goods will be welcome. 



Saturday 28th October 2023

St Mary's Church Lastingham 11.00am

The Friends of Lastingham Church
18th Annual Lecture 

'Why Lichfield Cathedral re-established the shrine of St Chad'

The Very Reverend Adrian Dorber

Dean of Lichfield from 2005-2023, who oversaw the re-instatement of the shrine of St Chad, Lichfield's fist Bishop, who was also brother of St Cedd of Lastingham.

Saturday 28th October 2023, 11.00am

St Mary's Church, Lastingham

Admission £10 (Lecture only)

For advance tickets including lecture and lunch £15

served in the Darley Memorial Hall
must be booked in advance before October 24th 

To book please contact Penelope Dawson-Brown 01751 417251
or email  stating any dietary requirements


The Darley Memorial Hall, Lastingham




Professor Harold Mytum will be giving a lecture with slides entitled ‘Beyond Names and Dates’ this will be held in the Darley Memorial Hall in Lastingham.

Many people enjoy reading the inscriptions on gravestones, and most have been recorded by family and local history societies, but the material aspects of these monuments are largely ignored. This talk will encourage you to see the many ways in which the monuments can tell us more about the culture and beliefs of those who commissioned and made them. They comprise an irreplaceable resource of local heritage value that should be recorded, managed, protected, and interpreted.
After the lecture, you will never look at a churchyard in the same way again!

Harold Mytum is professor of archaeology at the University of Liverpool with research interests that include above- and below-ground historic mortuary evidence (seventeenth to twentieth centuries) in Britain and Ireland, and diasporic communities in North America and Australia. His books include Recording and Analysing Graveyards and Mortuary Monuments and Burial Grounds of the Historic Period, and his Kirkdale Lecture monograph is soon to appear, with the title The rise of popular churchyard commemoration: Kirkdale and Ryedale in their national and international contexts.



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