Georgians in Stone Heritage Lottery Project

Read more about the Georgians in Stone project here:

A series of videos about the conservation project and connected history and research can be viewed here:

These include the conservation, history, costumes, songs, dancing and celebrations.


Trail booklets are available from Bishop’s Castle Church or Bishop’s Castle Town Hall.

Adult’s Trail and Map

Children’s Trail and Map


We finally celebrated the finish of the Lottery funded Project on Saturday 15th May, not with the party in the Churchyard that we had hoped, but a virtual party under Covid restrictions.  I hope though, that if you were one of the registered 113 screens, you will agree that it was a very, varied and enjoyable programme and showcased the present community of Bishop’s Castle as well as celebrating its Georgian past.   Luckily as this is now on film there will be a permanent legacy under the protection of the Bishop’s Castle Heritage Resource Centre, alongside the acres of research around our Georgian past which is still ongoing.  Our thanks also go to John Kirkpatrick who composed special songs for us and brought in singers from all around which were a highlight of the Celebration and I am sure will be reprised – another Legacy of the Project.

The PCC have appreciated all the support that we have received since the Churchyard Sub-Committee was formed in 2016. However, I would like to mention especially the Bishop’s Castle Heritage Forum who first supported this Project which includes the South West Shropshire Historical and Archaeological Society. They contributed both to the Celebration and the previous History Day, giving us an insight into the dubious Georgian election practices.  Also the Town Council who financially supported the History Day and the Celebration, the Georgian Group who contributed to the conservation of the African’s Grave (one of the 12 Grade II listed monuments now conserved by Elliott Ryder Conservation) and helped to show that our Town was sympathetic to the abolition of slavery.  Thanks also go to Sue Cooper, who secured the Lottery funding and continued to publicise the Project for much longer than we ever thought, and Thomasina Carlyle our Events Manager and her Team for taking a deep breath, re-organizing the Celebration and giving us an evening of fun to remember.  We would also like to thank CfGA who have been our Project Managers and continue to manage the Churchyard for nature.  Lastly thanks are due to Rev Stephanie, Chair of the PCC, Roger , Church Treasurer and Martin who has been helping with the Project, for all their support in so many ways over the last nearly 5 years.

Valerie Hughes

Chair, Churchyard Sub-Committee

PCC St John the Baptist, Bishop’s Castle

Gis final poster (2)

The project was funded by National Lottery Heritage Fund and Bishops Castle Town Council and was also supported by The Georgian Group and Caring for God’s Acre. Thanks to all who play the National Lottery for your generous support.