The churchyard at St. Michael's Myland, which surrounds the church building on all sides, became a "closed churchyard" in 2005.
This means that all available spaces for burials have been taken - either burials have taken place, or plots have been purchased by local residents for future burials. Management of the churchyard has therefore passed by law to Colchester Borough Council, who are responsible for its upkeep, including cutting the grass and managing the conservation area. A small area of the churchyard has been retained for the interment of cremated remains, which is available to all those who would otherwise qualify for burial in the churchyard.
Click this button to see the rules for using our churchyard (these are set by the Diocese of Chelmsford, to ensure the safety of all who use the Churchyard).
Click this button to read a survey report of the churchyard which gives an interesting overview of the flora and fauna that flourishes here. Because of the importance of this green space, parts of the Churchyard are set aside as conservation areas, as the report shows.
Records are kept by the Church and by Essex Records Office of burials and interments of cremated remains which have taken place in the churchyard.
To make enquiries, please e-mail us initially and we will advise as to whether the information is held with us or at Essex Records Office. Please note that there is a scale of fees for searches.