Rectory Lane Cemetery, Berkhamsted

Rectory Lane Cemetery, Berkhamsted

St Peter & St Paul, Little Gaddesden

St Peter & St Paul, Little Gaddesden
Church Lane, Little Gaddesden

Little Gaddesden is a small village 3 miles (4.8 km) north of Berkhamsted in the Ashridge Estate.

The ancient focus of the village is the parish Church of St. Peter and St. Paul. Although a small small, it contains some opulent monumental sculpture as this was the family church of the noble Egerton family of Ashridge, many of whom are buried here. This picturesque location has been used as a filming location for a number of TV and film productions, including Harry Potter and The Crown.

Several burials have family connections with the village, but the most significant is that it is the burial place of Charlotte Catherine Anne, Countess of Bridgewater, the wealthy benefactor who founded Rectory Lane Cemetery in 1842.

The Countess was the widow of John William Egerton, 7th Earl of Bridgewater, and lived at nearby Ashridge House.

Although she was figurehead for Rectory Lane Cemetery, when she died in 1849, she was not buried here but in the Egerton Family crypt in Little Gaddesden Church. Her name is included in the inscription on a wall monument the Bridgewater Chapel designed by the renowned sculptor Richard Westmacott.


What's connected with this location

1 burial in Rectory Lane Cemetery is linked with St Peter & St Paul, Little Gaddesden — click on a burial below to find out more about the historical connections:


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