Public asked for ideas to help name cemetery extension

A major extension to Belper Cemetery has been completed and the Council is asking the public to help name it.

The £236,000 extension was commissioned following pressures on burial space due to increased demand for spaces at the historic cemetery, which covers approximately 26 acres. It's the first time the cemetery has been extended since 1930 and will accommodate new burial plots. The 5.7acre new extension includes a new access road and a new path, which leads to Swinney Woods, providing a beautiful landscaped walk with spectacular views across the Derwent Valley in Belper. Plots in the historic cemetery have been in increasing demand because of the ageing population.

The Council now wants the public to help name the new extension using inspiration from the views from the cemetery. The current names of other areas in the cemetery are: Woodland Burial site called The Glade; the Children's Burial area known as Primrose Valley and Garden of Remembrance - which is called Derwent View.
 
For inspiration, the hilltop opposite the cemetery is called Mount Pleasant; the lower areas are called Wyver (Wood, Lane and Farm).

Councillor Jack Brown MBE, Cabinet Member for Green and Thriving Places to Live said: " I realise cemeteries are not top of the list of most people's favourite places to visit, but the extension in Belper does provide some spectacular views across the Derwent Valley and beyond, and we want to inspire local people who are familiar with the cemetery to help us name the new part of the grounds. This will help families really identify with the place where their loved ones are buried in the future. The extension will also provide sustainable burial space for at least a further 20 years."
 
The extension forms part of an overall scheme of improvements, which also include a £60,000 refurbishment of the cemetery chapel, which dates back to 1859. The chapel has had its roof repaired, internal repairs to ceilings and flooring, and was redecorated with new soft furnishings and carpets, offering an excellent new venue for services.

A picture of the view from the cemetery is available on our web site

To make your name suggestion you can telephone Landscape Services
01773 841570 or email sharon.thomas@ambervalley.gov.uk
 
The Council will consider any suggestions and rename the cemetery by March 2012.

Notes to editors

The Council owns and maintains six cemeteries covering approximately 60 acres in Heanor (11.7acres), Ripley(9.4acres), Leabrooks (5.88acres), Alfreton (4.45acres) and Crosshill (3.51acres). Belper is by far the largest of all the Borough's cemeteries at approximately 26 acres including the new extension. Each year, approximately 350 people are laid to rest in all our cemeteries, 106 of those are currently buried in Belper.

History of Belper Cemetery

The first person thought to have been buried in Belper Cemetery was local builder John Smith in 1859, who was reported to be working on the spire of the chapel in the grounds when he accidentally fell to his death. He was buried at the site at which his body was found and as a memorial, a stone in the shape of the spire now marks his grave.  Members of the famous Strutt Family are also buried at the cemetery as well as Charles Edwin Stone, of Ripley who won the prestigious Victoria Cross for gallantry in the First World War. He died in April 1952.

William Barron, who had been head gardener at Elvaston Castle near Derby since 1840, initially designed the cemetery. Elvaston Castle is known for its arboretum and Belper cemetery was laid out in a similar way, using significant trees to set the mood of the cemetery, demark corners and create avenues, the cemetery does not have enough tree species diversity to boast being an arboretum but there are some lovely trees and it is well laid out.
 
Barron had been involved in the laying out of Nottingham Road Cemetery in Derby hence the reason he was asked to help in Belper. 
 
The buildings in the cemetery were designed by Birmingham architect, Edward Holmes. He designed the lodge and twin chapels decorated in the gothic style.
 
The buildings are Grade II Listed and the cemetery itself is registered with English Heritage ref: 1108 on the Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historical Interest

The cost of being buried at Belper Cemetery starts at £712

For further information please contact Luke Barrett Communications Manager on 01773 841 655 or email luke.barrett@ambervalley.gov.uk

 

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