What will Rectory Lane Cemetery look like in the future?
The Friends of St Peter’s have funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund to restore the Rectory Lane Cemetery. This exciting three-year project will transform the Cemetery, creating a new community space with an enhanced wildlife domain and restored heritage features.
Map of the Cemetery
Click the numbered spots on the map area below to discover more about what we have planned.
The Old Rectory and Cowper’s Well
- Opening up of historic link form the Old Rectory to the Cemetery
- New entrance archway
- New Irish yew trees to accentuate avenue
Historic Cemetery Boundary
- Improved setting, restoration & enhancement of Memorial Arch and Seat of Remembrance
- Surface to existing paths
- Interpretation of historic entrance steps to Highfield House (now Three Close Lane)
- Management of existing Irish yew trees and planting new trees to strengthen the avenue and ensure succession
Proposals to the Historic cemetery seek to:
- Conserve and enhance Heritage Value, through repair, restoration, reconstruction and enhancement of historic features in the cemetery (iIncluding, memorials, walls, pillars, gates and buildings)
- Respect the historic layout and enhance this through surfaced footpaths, and opening up of historic entrances and views
- Improve accessibility around the cemetery through provision of a variety of well designed steps, and surfaced ramps, and provide car parking for blue-badge holders off Rectory Lane
- Open up views out of the site (tree removal) and provide seating and a Garden of Remembrance with open views to Berkhamsted and the countryside beyond
- Open up the cemetery to memorial services and interment of cremated remains
- Provide necessary infrastructure in the cemetery to accommodate and promote temporary events
- Renew bins and benches and provide interpretation through a variety of media.
The scheme in detail
View the Reports page to view the plans in more detail, including a design & access statement, architectural plans and environmental surveys.
What do you think?
Get in touch with us to share your thoughts and ideas, and help us to shape the future of this community asset.