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The following registers are available to view on microfiche at Saffron Walden Library, CB10 1ES (Tel.+44 (0) 1799 523178). Or contact Zofia Everett the Archive Assistant at the library Tuesdays and Fridays 9 – 1pm and 2 to 5pm and Saturdays 9 to 1pm. Email:

* Baptisms – 1558 to 1971
* Marriages – 1558 to 1972
* Burials – 1558 to 1892, 1960, 1982
* Banns – 1754 to 1804, 1823 to 1864, 1892 to 1982

The originals are held at the Essex Records Office in Chelmsford, CM2 6YT (Tel: +44 (0) 1245 244644 or Most of the records up to 1700 have been digitised, whilst others have been microfiched and cataloged, and details can be found at – select (click on) the SEAX in the centre of the page, then look for “Essex Ancestors” upper right hand side of page, this gets you to the parish registers – select Saffron Walden, then St Mary’s.

Alternatively – to view parish registers in SEAX – Essex Archives Online:

– click on this link
– then choose first letter of parish eg s
– then select parish eg Saffron Walden
– then select church eg St Mary the Virgin

Apart from two exceptions there have been no burials in St Mary’s churchyard since 1892. Details of Burials in the Saffron Walden Cemetery in Radwinter Road from 1857, are kept by Saffron Walden Town Council, 11 Emson Close, Saffron Walden, Essex. CB10 1HL Tel:01799 516501/516502,Fax:01799 516503, Email: or visit their website at

For recent records of baptisms, marriages, and banns contact St Mary’s Parish Office -

Burials within the Church

An introduction to burials within St Mary's Church from the February 2012 edition of St Mary’s Church News by John Read.

See John Read's article in the Saffron Walden Historical Journal No 4 Autumn 2002 on "St Mary's Saffron Walden Burial Registers 1558 - 1892". Over 780 people have been buried inside the church - read John Read's interesting article to find out more.

You can download John Read's full list of burial locations within the church in pdf or Excel format, and see some examples here of interesting burial locations with the church.

Find out who is buried in the Howard Vault at the east end of the Church by John Read.

Burials within St Mary's Churchyard

Find out more about burials in the church and churchyard. (Over 18,000 people were buried in St Mary's Churchyard over a 300 period from 1553 to 1860!)

Finding Aid for St Mary's Saffron Walden Churchyard Memorial Stones - by John Read

Monumental Inscriptions in the Churchyard and Church of St Mary's SW between 1521-1982 - transcribed by members of the North West Essex Churchyard Group (1978-1984) and edited, indexed and typed by Neville G Price MA 1984.

Saffron Walden’s Radwinter Road Cemetery Records

These now include burials to the end 2013. More information here.
St Mary’s Churchyard. It should be noted that before the cemetery was opened in 1857, burials took place in the Parish Church or Nonconformist graveyards. Burial plans and lists of these can be found at the ERO Archive Access office in Saffron Walden Library. For enquiries please contact: or ring 01799 523178.The office is manned on Tuesdays and Fridays 9-1 and 2-5 and on Saturday mornings.
(Over 18,000 people were buried in St Mary’s Churchyard over a 300 period from 1553 to 1860!)