Ryde Social Heritage Group research the social history of the citizens of Ryde, Isle of Wight. Documenting their lives, businesses and burial transcriptions.
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St Thomas’ Church

StThomasChurch1cSt Thomas’ Church is located in the centre of Ryde, at the bottom of the High Street, in St Thomas’ Square.

The church closed in 1959; it remains unoccupied and unused today. It is currently for sale by the Isle of Wight Council.

The church graveyard was turned into a Garden of Rest in 1986.

St Thomas’ Churchyard Maps

Hand drawn maps were produced by Jack Wheeler in the 1970s. These should be used together with the alphabetical index giving the list of grave names. In 1986 the Garden of Rest was created and a number of headstones either found damaged or deemed unsafe were reused as paving around the new seating areas and others moved to new positions. Today it is difficult to locate many of the burials and these maps do not reflect the current positions of the headstones.

RSHG ST001 – South West Centre

RSHG ST002 – Southern Centre

RSHG ST003 – Northern

RSHG is currently transcribing and photographing the visible markers and a map showing these will be produced shortly. The Northern part of the graveyard (north side of the church building) is not accessible at present but contains many memorials probably in their original positions. There are also many more memorials inside the church and vaults below.


St Thomas’ Alphabetical Index

The alphabetical indexes contain the names on all the graves from the book ‘Inscriptions on the Memorials’ compiled by Jack Wheeler in 1975.

Key to Alphabetical Indexes

St Thomas’ Churchyard A – Z

St Thomas’ Memorials inside the Church A – Z

For any enquiries you may have about the maps, indexes or mapping please contact us here.