Welcome to the Hardwick Road Cemetery Website

The Committee and members of The Friends of Hardwick Road Cemetery are delighted to welcome you to this website of King’s Lynn’s Victorian Cemetery and trust that you find it interesting and informative. Bisected by Hardwick Road the cemetery provides a distinctive landscape to one of the key entrances to the town. A brief history of the site can be found on the History page. Although little used for burials today it remains a site well cared for by the Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk who administer and maintain the cemetery. The Friends were launched in 2006 for the public benefit, to promote the historic interest of Hardwick Road Cemetery, Hardwick Road, King’s Lynn, Norfolk by associating the Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk (hereinafter called ‘the Borough Council’), and local and national statutory and voluntary amenity societies in a common cause to promote the Cemetery’s architectural, sculptural, landscape, natural and historical interest and to provide such facilities as required for the furtherance of the social welfare, education, recreation and leisure-time .

 Events happening soon…..

Sunday 21st May, 2pm at the Cemetery – Walk with Dr Julian Litten and meet the money magnates of Victorian Lynn on his “Money Mad” walk. (£5 voluntary donation please)

Wednesday 24th May, 1 pm at Gaywood Library –  Illustrated Talk about the Cemetery “Meet Our Residents”

Check our events page for updates and information

Welcome to our 2017 Programme

This year our focus will be

“The Men Who Mattered in Victorian King’s Lynn” 

There will be a new publication on the “Victorian Mayors of King’s Lynn”. Ian and Steph Hall have produced this with Colin Houseman and to give you a taste of the book  Paul Richards will be introducing you to one or two of the mayors on his “Eminent Victorians of Lynn ” walks.  Julian Litten is focusing on the financial wizards of the town on his walk “Money Mad – Magnates of King’s Lynn”  and Steph Hall will be leading walks on Open Day and on Heritage Day called “Doctor, Doctor” on which you can meet the medical men of the town. AND one female pioneer.

Check the events page for dates of our walks – there are six this year.

 Our latest Publication –  still available £5 at True’s Yard and on line

Meet our residents in section H, find about about the lives of  Victorian Linnets some of whom will be known to you through their heritage to the town. 

Resident of the Month

This month’s Resident of the Month is Henry Bowen

Henry was  a working man who nevertheless has a grave in section H which was the most expensive part of the cemetery. He must have saved  hard to afford this and no doubt it meant a lot to him and his family to have a position in “the best part” of the cemetery. You can find out more about people like Henry on our walks or in our book about the people in section H “Yesterday’s People”.


Attention Genealogists……

If you are researching your family from King’s Lynn we can help.

  • Come to Open Day and ask one of the Friends to carry out a grave search OR

  • Buy a copy of our entire registers on CD OR

  • Email via the website with details