Work starts to restore glory of Lynn cemetery

Catherine Brown's memorial in Hardwick Cemetery, King's Lynn ANL-140630-122020001
Catherine Brown's memorial in Hardwick Cemetery, King's Lynn ANL-140630-122020001
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Work has started on the conservation and restoration of seven memorials in Hardwick Road Cemetery in Lynn.

The Friends of Hardwick Road Cemetery secured a £96,000 grant in 2013 from the Heritage Lottery Fund for work on the memorials, two of which have collapsed completely and will need totally rebuilding.

Work began on Monday and should be finished by the end of September. The School of Art and Design at Crick Smith University, Lincoln, has been engaged to replicate the colourful tiles on the memorial to Catherine Brown who died in the Lynn to Hunstanton Railway accident in 1863.

This will involve the dismantling of the memorial and the transport of sections to Lincoln as well as work on site on some of the smaller tile embellishments.

As part of their fundraising the friends hold an open day in the cemetery on Saturday, July 12, 11am-4pm. Six new information boards installed as part of the programme of works will be shown off as visitors see the results of work undertaken over the past year.

There are refreshments in one of the marquees, guided walks, assistance to visitors searching for family graves.

Dr Julian Litten, chairman of the Friends of Hardwick Road Cemetery, said ‘We are most grateful to the Heritage Lottery Fund for granting us this money to conserve the fabric of this important Victorian cemetery and to the borough council, who own and manage the cemetery for their support and encouragement in making the history of the cemetery more widely available to all.”