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Ratlinghope – St Margaret’s

About this churchyard

St Margaret’s churchyard has an established wild flower meadow that is allowed to grow long in the summer months with a good mix of  wild flower species including common orchids.

In the autumn a variety of species rich grassland fungi species can be found including waxcaps and earth tongues.

This churchyard is home to the grave of the last known Sin-Eater in England, Richard Munslow.  Sin Eaters were paid a small amount to eat bread and drink ale across the body of someone who died suddenly, taking on their sins so they arrive before God in a clean and pure state.

Rattlinghope species list (Nov 2020)

Key Features
  • Wildflower areas
  • Stones with stories
  • Fascinating monuments
  • Lichen haven
  • Peaceful space for quiet reflection
  • Good accessibility
Visitor Information

🥾  Level site

🅿 Roadside Parking outside the church gate. 




St Margaret’s, Ratlinghope, Shrewsbury SY5 0SR

Opening Times

The church itself is open during the day but the graveyard is accessible at all times.

Contact details

Church facebook page


There is a paved path up to the church porch, grass paths are cut around the churchyard throughout the year.


The closest public toilets are in Carding Mill Valley (5.5 miles via the Burway) or Snailbeach Village Hall (7 miles) both the Bridges Pub and Bog Visitor centre have toilets open to patrons.


There is seating in the porch and one bench with a back and an armrest in the churchyard

Parking & transport

Roadside Parking by the church gate, please park considerately.

The Shropshire Hills shuttle bus runs past the church, seasonally on weekends.  Check the website for details.


The Bridges Pub (1 mile away) (  the Bog Visitor centre 4 miles away (