The Jubilee graveyard

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On Sunday 18th November, I attended the second meeting of the new Jubilee graveyard management committee. In attendance was Councillor Kirkman and the two Churchwardens of All Saints Loughton, David Thom and Roger Blackburn.

We met at my house at Church Farm which is situated next to All Saints after morning service and then carried out a site inspection where the works have been ongoing all last week.

It was a beautiful, cold, crisp and sunny morning with an azure blue sky.

It was good to see progress on the site and the landscape changing. The land between the new extension and the older part has been levelled by the beginnings of the installation of a natural ramp.

There was a wall between the Jubilee graveyard and the older part and part of this had collapsed a long time ago. The contractor has been working on the ruins of that wall. We discussed and agreed investigating how much it would cost to restore that wall as it may be something which the Parish Council could fund by a grant, if affordable. Possibly we could install an engraved stone in the new wall to mark the creation of the Jubilee graveyard. We also looked at the boundary with Pitcher Lane and discussed how best the bank should be planted. We agreed to consult with the MK Council tree officer on the issue.

Returning to the warmth of the house, the meeting continued. We approved a draft allotment licence agreement for the tenant who continues to cultivate the part of the land which presently remains allotment. We had also agreed to consider the question of the charges which would apply for those qualifying for burial in the new graveyard.

We decided to consult on the following :-

Right of forthwith interment for a grave of single depth


Right of forthwith interment for a grave of double depth


Right of interment during next 30 years for a grave of single depth (ie reservation)


Right of interment during next 30 years for a grave of double depth (ie reservation)


Right of forthwith interment of ashes of single depth


Right of forthwith interment of ashes of double depth


Right of interment during next 30 years of ashes of single depth


Right of interment during next 30 years of ashes of double depth


Right to install a grave headstone of approved specification


Right to install a tablet of approved specification on an ashes plot


These rates are set a bit above the rates applying at the local Crematorium. These rates will be discussed by the congregation meeting at All Saints and by the Parish Council and we will then consider them further in the graveyard management committee. I’d welcome any comments/feedback on the proposed rates via this website too.

Unfortunately it now seems too cold to sow the grass on the site before the winter, so this will now have to wait for the spring. Looking at the quality of the topsoil however, which looks dark and rich, there shouldn’t be a problem in the grass growing once the weather warms up.


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  1. Not surprising the topsoil is good, it’s been used as an allotment for the last 60 years.

  2. i am a resident of loughton and i visited the graveyard only saterday, we have been doing research on fredrick bignell who our croft was named after…seeing the stones in question,,,i think it would be nice if we could keep the stones…and also a photo taken and recorded of who built the wall up again.

    1. We are looking into the possibility of restoring the wall; the following works have been proposed; we are now looking to put together some funding for this :-

      1 To cast a new concrete foundation at the base of the existing wall, 600 wide 300 deep approx 12metres long

      2 Build wall of dense concrete foundation blocks 440 long, 215 wide and 140mm thick, three block courses high (450mm) with the blocks laid flat and wall thickness 440mm and perp joints staggered. Build-in stainless steel wall ties at each 140mm course and 900c/s for bonding to facing brickwork

      3 Build in front of item 2 half brick skin of red semi-engineering brick tied to blockwork backing wall with ties as above. Build out to one brick thick for two courses above blockwork as dpc to wall.

      4 Continue up for 4 courses in reclaimed facing bricks to roughly former level of wall before ivy etc cleared away (approx 450mm above ground on old graveyard side)

      As a separate item,

      5 Continue wall for a further 8 courses in Leicester cram stock facings.

      6 Cap wall in red terracotta half-round ridge tiles solid bedded on brick infill with 10mm heading joints.

      7 Set and build in 2no 100 x 100 tanalised timber posts for new gates 900 high, independent of brick piers

      8 Supply and hang pair of framed and braced tanalised gates 900h x 1500w with galvanised hooks and bands.

      Mortar below ground and in dpc to be 1:4 cement to sand

      Mortar above dpc to be 1:1:4 cement : hydraulic lime: sand

      Brick bond and pointing to match east section of existing wall.

      Include for single pier at east end to match last pier of existing wall.

      Start wall such as to leave a gap of 1700mm between piers for timber gates and posts.

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