St Michael’s has been a focus of community life for eight centuries. It has been a place of worship, prayer, inspiration and comfort for many, many thousands of people.

The monuments, gravestones, registers and inscriptions record the lives and deaths of a small proportion, mainly from the 17th century.

Some of them such as Gideon Mantell and Thomas Paine are still famous but there are many interesting stories to be discovered about people like Sir Nicholas Pelham who are not so well known. For many people the registers held at the Keep (the County Record Office) are the only evidence of their lives.

Gideon Mantell

Gideon Mantell