Care and Maintence

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Mintlyn Crematorium
Lynn Road
Bawsey
King’s Lynn
Norfolk PE32 1HB
Tel: (01553) 630533
e-mail: mintlyn@west-norfolk.gov.uk
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Hardwick Road Cemetery

The Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk is the Burial Authority responsible for the 20 acres that is King’s Lynn oldest cemetery, known as Hardwick Road Cemetery.

The cemetery was originally established in 1846 as a cemetery for King’s Lynn where the grave yards could not accommodate any more burials.

The Public Health Act of 1848 and the Burial Act of 1854 gave local authorities the power to open their own public cemeteries. This allowed King’s Lynn to establish the Burial Board in 1854, making Hardwick Road Cemetery one of the first ‘corporation’ or Local Government controlled cemeteries in Great Britain.

The King’s Lynn Burial Board was incorporated into the various changes in Local Government, so the responsibility, as the Burial Authority is within the remit of the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk.

The administration and record keeping for the cemetery is currently based at Mintlyn Crematorium, Lynn Road, Bawsey, King’s Lynn PE32 1HB 01553 630533 or mintlyn@west-norfolk.gov.uk.

The Burial Authority has certain responsibilities for the cemetery as set out in law, with the current legislation being the Local Authorities’ Cemeteries Order 1977 (as amended). This allows the Burial Authority to do such things as are considered necessary or desirable for the proper management, regulation and control of the cemetery. This includes keeping records and registers of all burials, maintaining plans, deciding who can be buried or exhumed, who has the exclusive rights to a grave, if a headstone can be erected, where headstones are and the safety of headstones.

The records of all burials since 1854 are maintained at Mintlyn Crematorium.

The Burial Authority has responsibility to ensure that people who visit the cemetery conduct themselves in a decent, quiet and orderly manner.

Information about current legislation, cemetery regulations or cemetery guidance can be found in the notice boards in the cemetery or from Mintlyn Crematorium.

The Borough is also responsible for the Maintenance – grass cutting and trees within the cemetery. For more information about grounds maintenance and trees go to [suggest link to the L&PS page here]

There is a formal agreement between both the Borough and Friends of Hardwick Road Cemetery on the role as an amenity society for the public benefit to promote the historic interest of Hardwick Road Cemetery.

The cemetery is split into 2 sections, divided by Hardwick Road [A148]. Locally the 2 parts of the cemetery are known as the New / South / Tesco / Campbell’s Side or Old / North / Lodge / Caravan park side. The northern side was in use and consecrated as a cemetery first in 1849, then 3 years later in 1854 the Burial Board (Local Government) established the southern side. The north side has graves with the prefix AA, A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, K, L, M, N, O, P and Q, whilst the southern side has graves with the prefix R, S, T, U, V, W, X, Y and Z.

There is only one access point to either side. There are large Entry Gates on opposite sides of Hardwick Road that allow vehicle access. The entrance is very narrow but can be used by most vehicles with care.

There is a large notice board near the main entrances of both sides of the cemetery that not only has contact information but has a detailed plan of the cemetery. The sections are normally clearly separated by a path.

For satnav users the postcode nearest the cemetery is PE30 5BB

The nearest railway station is in King’s Lynn, and approximately 1 mile from the cemetery.

The nearest bus stops are at the Southgates on London Road, or outside Home Base / Opposite Tesco on Hardwick Road. These bus stops are served by Norfolk Green and First Excel bus companies. Both bus stops are approximately 2 minutes walk from the main cemetery entrances.

Maintenance

The Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk is the Burial Authority responsible for the 20 acres that is the oldest operational cemetery in King’s Lynn, known as Hardwick Road Cemetery.

There is a formal agreement between the Borough Council as landowners and Friends of Hardwick Road Cemetery on the role of the Friends as an amenity society to promote the Cemetery’s architectural, sculptural, landscape, natural and historical interest for the public benefit . Regular meetings between the parties are held to agree work programmes and activities.

The Burial Authority has certain responsibilities for the cemetery as set out in law, with the current legislation being the Local Authorities’ Cemeteries Order 1977 (as amended).  This allows the Burial Authority to do such things as are considered necessary or desirable for the proper management, regulation and control of the cemetery.  This includes keeping records and registers of all burials, maintaining plans, deciding who can be buried or exhumed, who has the exclusive rights to a grave, if a headstone can be erected, where headstones are and the safety of headstones.

The Burial Authority has responsibility to ensure that people who visit the cemetery conduct themselves in a decent, quiet and orderly manner.

Information about current legislation, cemetery regulations or cemetery guidance can be found in the notice boards in the cemetery, from Mintlyn Crematorium or at   http://www.west-norfolk.gov.uk/default.aspx?page=21470

The administration and record keeping for the cemetery is currently based at Mintlyn Crematorium, Lynn Road, Bawsey, King’s Lynn PE32 1HB telephone 01553 630533 email mintlyn@west-norfolk.gov.uk where the records of all burials since 1855 are held.

The Borough Council is also responsible for the maintenance of the cemetery – grass cutting, hedges and trees within the cemetery as well as the boundary walls and fencing.

Grounds Maintenance

The grounds maintenance service are responsible for the operational management and day-to-day maintenance of the various parks and gardens and cemeteries distributed across the borough.

Mobile gardening teams regularly visit Hardwick Road Cemetery  to ensure that the defined standards are maintained.  The gardening staff ensure that the quality and range of horticultural features such as:

– grass areas
– litter collection
– flower and shrub beds
– hedges
– weed control

are all maintained appropriately and that standards of cleanliness and health and safety are achieved by regular inspection.

Grass cutting

The Council undertake routine cutting of grass in the cemetery areas together with tree, hedge and shrub pruning and rose bed maintenance.  Grass areas which are the responsibility of the Council are cut on a 3 week rota (March-October). Continued bad weather can delay cutting and extended dry weather may make cutting unnecessary.

Other grounds maintenance is carried out as part of a planned/seasonal schedule.

Trees

In general, trees are the responsibility of the landowner.  For enquiries regarding planning issues or tree preservation orders, contact  01553 616386.  For general enquiries contact 01553 782076.

Contact Details

For general enquiries ring our freephone number: 0500 253 2687 (may be an answerphone but messages are retrieved regularly). Alternatively call 01553 782076.

Alternatively you can e-mail us at: cleanup@west-norfolk.gov.uk