Rectory Lane Cemetery, Berkhamsted

Rectory Lane Cemetery, Berkhamsted

Peter Pan

In 1904 the Llewelyn Davies family move from Kensington in London to Berkhamsted, and live in Egerton House on the High Street. The family are close friends with the playwright J.M. Barrie, who often visits them in Berkhamsted. Barrie plays with the Llewelyn Davies children in the garden which overlooks Rectory Lane Cemetery. He bases his Peter Pan on stories he has made up for the children, and names the character after the eldest child, Peter Llewelyn Davies.

Today, Egerton House is gone and the Rex Cinema stands on the site, but it is charming to think that perhaps the original Peter Pan himself once played near Rectory Lane Cemetery.