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Church History

St John the Divine is the Church of England parish church situated in the suburb of Horninglow, Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire. It is part of the Diocese of Lichfield.

John Lonsdale, Lord Bishop of Lichfield, consecrated this attractive Victorian church, which was originally dedicated to St John the Evangelist, later St John the Divine, on 24th October 1866. The architect was Mr Edwin Holmes, of Birmingham. The church has a chancel with a vestry to the north side, a nave of five bays, north and south aisles, and an attached tower. It is built of brick faced externally with cream Coxbench stone and rendered internally with plaster and dressings of Bath stone.

Click here for a printable version of our Visitor’s Guide (pdf)

Also see our Archives pages, British History Online and our Wikipedia entry.

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Family History

Parish Records are kept at the Staffordshire Records Office.

A catalogue of these records is available in “Gateway to the Past” – the online catalogue of the Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Archive Service. Documents held include:

  • Baptisms 1866 to 1943
  • Marriages 1867 to 2000
  • Burials 1866 to 1953

The Graveyard

Since the foundation of St. John the Divine in 1866, burials have been carried out in our extensive churchyard until very recently. Full burial records are held at the Staffordshire Records Office. Online catalogues to show what is available are to be found at Gateway to the Past but materials must be viewed at the Records Office.

We do have some materials that have been transcribed by hand by members of the church.  Note that some original records are very indistinct and cannot be read with accuracy.

Prior to 1954 there are records of who is buried in the churchyard but there were no records kept that provide locations of graves.

From 1954 to 1987 records of burials contain some location information but the areas marked do not correspond to modern location codes.

Click here to see a list of burials in the churchyard.

Graveyard Headstone Database

We can only identify where people are buried if there is a headstone.  If there is no headstone it is not possible to locate any burial place.

For the burials that have a legible headstone, we have lists of names, dates and locations of the burials that enables you to find any grave that we have listed.   

The procedure is:

  1. Look at the Graveyard Headstone List to find details for the person you are searching for.
  2. Use it to find the grave-number and location of the grave you wish to find.
  3. Click on Graveyard Plans. Use this to find a more detailed map of the area where the grave is.
    Look for the grave number on the detailed map to find the location of the grave you are interested in. These maps are printable.
  4. There is a printable version of the graveyard plan, which you can take with you alongside the detailed map when you go to visit the grave.

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