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GROUND-BREAKING: Leavesden Hospital History Association’s cemetery work resumes

 Published on: 1st July 2020   |   By: Jake Levison   |   Category: Uncategorized

Leavesden Hospital History Association (LHHA) volunteers are making significant progress with their work at East Lane Cemetery.

Sixteen of the association’s members started to unearth lost cremation marker stones in the East Lane Cemetery near Abbots Langley in January. The cemetery was a part of Leavesden Hospital from 1906 to 1995.

The volunteers expected to find around 50 marker stones, but to their amazement they ended up uncovering 510.

While lockdown stunted their efforts to raise the markers out of the earth, the project restarted last month and more than half of them are now viewable to the public. 

The rest of the works will include: two new benches, an interpretation board, meadowland wildflower planting, a memorial wall and the reinstating of headstones that have been moved over time.

Martin Brooks, founder of the LHHA, said: “I can honestly say that for myself, and speaking on behalf of the 16 volunteers involved, this is undoubtedly the most fulfilling project any of us have ever worked on. Because there’s literally no records of these marker stones anywhere.

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