Mrs Hewson's Grave | Rectory Lane Cemetery, Berkhamsted

Rectory Lane Cemetery, Berkhamsted

Mrs Hewson's Grave


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Memorial details

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The Hewson grave is a handsome example of an early Victorian Neoclassical chest tomb, or sarcophagus. Its sides taper in towards the centre, and this unusual shape draws on the funerary traditions of Ancient Greece. Like other chest tombs, it does not contain the remains of the deceased, but the body is buried in the ground below it.

On the western end of the sarcophagus bears the simple inscription “Mrs Hewson’s Grave”. On the north side the inscription reads:

Sacred to the memory of
Mrs Anne Hewson
of Woburn Place, Russell Square, London
who died July 18th 1852 aged 75 years
This monument was erected by Mr William Parkins (of this town)
in grateful remembrance of his aunt’s affectionate kindness
to himself and family


Condition: good

This is one of the 19 memorials that was restored in 2018.  The process involved: Lifting out existing stones, pinning together fragments and lime mortar repairs to all joints.Ensuring that the sub-base was stable enough for the above ground stones. Clearing ground around the memorial to remove unwanted vegetation and potential water absorption. Supplying new profiled side to tomb in limestone to match. Cramping with stainless steel pins and beding on lime mortar.  Pointing joints as necessary.


In Memoriam

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