£98,000 lottery grant for Hardwick Cemetery

Hardwick Road Cemetery

The Friends of Hardwick Road Cemetery, King’s Lynn have received a grant of £98,100 from the Heritage Lottery Fund for an exciting project ‘Yesterday’s People for Tomorrow’s Society’ in Lynn’s old Victorian Cemetery.

The HLF money will allow the Friends to:

  • Conserve a further 7 memorials over the next three years.
  • Install interpretation boards giving visitors information on the conserved memorials and the persons commemorated.
  • Produce pamphlets describing various aspects of the cemetery and its importance to the development of the town.
  • Launch A new website where visitors from further afield can find information on the cemetery.
  • Produce an educational pack, for local schools, linked to the national curriculum for history and art.

The Friends of Hardwick Road Cemetery was launched in 2006 and meet at the cemetery on the third weekend of each month to carry out clearing of overgrown graves and the recording of memorial inscriptions. They have already produced a digital database of all the burials that have taken place in the cemetery since 1855 and hold a series of guided walks in the cemetery throughout the summer months.

The Friends are looking for further volunteers to join them and assist in the preservation of this important but under valued local resource for future generations.

Dr Julian Litten, Chairman of the Friends of Hardwick Road Cemetery said “The cemetery was started as an extension of the burial ground of All Saints Church in 1849 and was at the forefront of the development and growth of municipal cemeteries in England. It is a treasure trove of artistic memorial work and, almost uniquely, still displays the original landscaping scheme of its inception.

“With today’s growth in interest in family history it is important that as much of our heritage is preserved for Tomorrow’s people. The cemetery is a gateway back to the past and Yesterday’s People holding links to many important events and characters in the life of the town and its environs”

The Friends host a number of guided walks of the cemetery throughout the year as well as an Open Day in July.