History of Rectory Lane Cemetery:
An Elizabethan manor house, Egerton House, stands on Berkhamsted High Street. It was probably built during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I by Thomas Egerton, an ancestor of the Earls of Bridgewater. Behind the property is a large garden. In 1842 it is purchased by the Countess of Bridgewater, widow of John Egerton, 7th Earl of Bridgewater, and she donates a large part of the land to the Parish of Great Berkhamsted.