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09. St Mark’s Churchyard Tour

IN PERSON

Guided Tour

St Marks Road, Alverstoke, Gosport, Hampshire, PO12 2DA

Join a guided tour of St Mark’s Cemetery, covering the history of the site of St Mark’s church and some of the famous people buried there.

You’ll learn about the influence of Robert Cruickshank in the building of St Mark’s church as part of his development of Crescent Road and his vision to create ‘Angelseyville’ within the village of Alverstoke in the mid-19th century as a spa venue to rival Bath.

Your guide will describe the demise and demolition of the church in the early 20th century and at the same time develop the stories connected to the eight admirals and six generals interred in the cemetery, together with the histories and local links to some of the 260 people buried there.

This is a calm and moving place to visit now but in the 1980’s it was very overgrown, with brambles and ivy covering those headstones and memorials.
It was restored by its active Friends group whose practical care and gardening skills have maintained the churchyard as a pleasant and historically fascinating memorial and garden in the Anglesey community.

Please arrive 10 minutes before the start time of the guided tour.

Duration 60 mins + Q & A’s.

Event Times

Saturday 07 September  1400
Sunday 08 September  1000 & 1200
Tuesday 10 September  1400
Wednesday 11 September  1400
Friday 13 September  1000 & 1200
Saturday 14 September  1400
Sunday 15 September  1000 & 1200

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
Please self book, but if you experience any difficulties please contact us.
Call: 07849399823 or 07999 871240
Email: bookings@gosportheritage.co.uk
Booking opens: 17August 2024 09:30
Booking closes: 13 September 2024 17:00

Access

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On-street parking is available on St Mark’s Road and Crescent Road. Space between gravestones is rather narrow in some places but wheelchairs can get to some of the site, which is level. The Churchyard is relatively small so no need to walk far, but seating is not available on site. Feel free to bring a fold-up stool if you need it. A good event for those who don’t like crowds, and also for sensory experiences of touch and smell. The Anglesey Hotel bar (just opposite) has an accessible toilet for customers and serves refreshments, meals, and bar snacks.

Additional Information

Please arrive 10 mins before start. Refreshments and toilets are available at The Anglesey Hotel, just opposite.

Organised by

Friends of St Marks

Directions

Please assemble at the entrance gate to the cemetery.

Just off the junction with Crescent Road, opposite the Anglesey Hotel.