Although there can’t be any official guided tours at the moment, you can still wander about the cemetery and find some of the graves mentioned on walks. We have produced a number of ‘Unguided Walks’ with brief details, pictures and a map for you to download.
These unguided walks are, of course, no substitute for a proper guided walk, but we hope they give you a flavour of the interesting stories you can learn about.”
Please ensure you follow the Government’s guidelines on social distancing and only walk in small groups.
UNGUIDED WALK NO 1
A meander in front of the Chapel
The following are interesting headstones you can find in a small area just below the chapel, all only about 100 yards from each other.
1. Higgins graves: local brewers and founders of art gallery and museum
2. Stannard sisters: artists, teachers and musicians
3. Charles Wells: local brewing family
4. Ellen Oliver: the only active Suffragette buried in the cemetery
5. Angel with circular symbol: elaborate carving symbolising Eternity
6. Column: normally represents “a life cut short”…but this one has a twist if you read it!
7. Lady Fanny Eve: social reformer and politician
8. John Torr: Napoleonic War veteran
9. Three military graves: inscriptions show Bedford’s connections with the Army
10. Arthur Covington: Hairdresser and Taxidermist
11. Braggins graves: well-known former shopkeepers of Bedford
12. Angel: a detailed view of an Angel pointing upwards (an agent of God)
13. Kneeling Angel: striking image, used on cover of FOBC leaflets and novel by local author Ruth Hogan
14. Cross: an unusual and delicate take on a commonly-used symbol
15. Rev John Jukes: Much respected pastor of Bunyan Meeting House 1840-1866
16. Elizabeth Stride Ager: supporter of Women’s Rights
UNGUIDED WALK NO 2
People who shaped Bedford and a dog
2. This is the Higgins family cross. Adjacent to it is another Higgins memorial (tall solid block). 12 of the family including one servant are buried in this area. The Higgins family were a leading Bedford brewery Company. Also Founders of the Cecil Higgins Art gallery and Museum.
3. These are 2 Laxton memorials. The Laxtons were leading nurserymen, famous for breeding Laxton Superb apples and many other new fruits and vegetables. One member of the family died in WW2 in a bombing raid in Kimbolton Road.
4. CD was a small terrier dog who was a stray who lived in the cemetery. Much missed by his friends.
5. Richard Stafford was a talented rugby player who played for Bedford RFC and England.
6. A. E Dawes was a casualty of WW1, dying on 27th Oct 1918. She was one of Queen Alexandra’s imperial Military Nursing Service.
7. The Wells family memorial has many family names. Charles Wells was a leading local brewery Company.
8. Commonwealth War Grave memorial to Private D Bennett who died of wounds on 17th Oct 1918.
9. Christopher Mlynarcyz was a delivery boy for the Co-op. He died in a road accident on15th Dec 1972. He was a leading amateur boxer of his time.
10. The Bull’s family group of graves. They are still a well-known jewellers in St Peters Street.
11. The Day’s family group of graves. The Day’s shop was a prestigious Lady’s outfitters. If you were “anyone” you shopped there.
12. The Wyatt’s family enclosure. It includes many family members, and 3 servants. James Wyatt was proprietor of the Beds Times newspaper, and also the Town Clerk. He instigated the buying of the land by the borough for the cemetery. It opened in June 1855. His eldest son Otho was buried here in July 1855.
13. This beautiful stone commemorates Francis Freeman who had been the organ blower at Holy trinity Church for many years. He died on 24th Jan 1882.
14. Dr Hurst was the leading Medical Superintendent at Bedford Infirmary (now South wing Hospital).
15. William Boulderson Grube died aged 14 years. He drowned while trying to save a school fellow.
16. Thomas Turnley died aged16 years 3 months. He was a pupil at Harrow School and was only 4 days old when his mother died.
17. Algernon Foster. lived in Brickhill House (where Eagle Gardens are now). He was a child who died in Dresden, Germany. This memorial was in the grounds of the house and was moved here when the house was demolished. It is over 24 years older than the cemetery.
18. Here are the first of two burials that took place in the cemetery on the day the grounds were officially opened. This is a cross in memory of Ellen Tacci aged 2 years The second burial was Edward Chandler who was 18 years old . His grave is nearby.
UNGUIDED WALK NO 3
An adventure in un-consecrated ground
1. The gatehouse (designed by Thomas Jobson Jackson) and refurbished gates. The refurbishment of all of the gates and the archway was possible due to a generous bequest by the late Richard Wildman, the original president of the Friends. Mr Dann*, the first registrar (1855) lived with his wife and 9 children in the right-hand side of the building. The left-hand side was the office and mortuary.
2. This fine memorial is in memory the Rev. Jukes who was an impressive early minister at the Bunyan meeting House. He is buried here with his wife. The column lying to the side was originally on the top of the memorial.
3. The Boundary wall to the west of the grounds goes to the highest part of the cemetery. It has memorial plaques to the people cremated here and whose ashes have been placed in the cemetery grounds.
4. Father Warmoll came to Bedford in 1863 and established the first Roman Catholic church in Midland Road.
5. The three memorial stones remember a group of Nuns who lived for many years at the convent in Clapham. They were greatly involved with the convent school in Bromham Road.
6. Burr/Wells/Malden/Insul/Tilby. Benjamín & Hannah Malden had 1 daughter and 3 sons. One son married Ann Wells and their daughter married James Burr. Ann and David had 2 sons and 2 daughters (Ann & Emma) Both married clergymen. Ann married Joseph Insul and had 1 son and I daughter. Joseph died 4 years after their marriage and their daughter Emily died 4 years later. Ann remarried Alfred Tilby and had 4 children. They lived in Torquay. Emma married a missionary and lived in Shanghai. On this group of graves are members of the extended family.
7. Anthony Family. This group are those of the extended family. Alfred Anthony was for some while in partnership with John Usher. (See No 8.) Both being leading architects and surveyors in Bedford.
8. John Usher 1822-1904. He prepared the first map of the cemetery and was a leading Bedford Architect. He attended the Howard Chapel for many years but later became a recluse. His memorial has no inscription which may have been at his request. It has also been suggested that he designed the stone himself.
9. Tandy Two catholic women, mother and daughter, who took pity on Father Warmoll (See no 4) when he came to Bedford in Dec 1863. They let him say mass in their front room until he could establish a simple church in Midland Road.
10. Garden of remembrance The ashes of many hundreds of people who were cremated here are in columbaria (a place for the public storage of urns holding a deceased’s cremated remains), or buried or scattered in this area.
11. The first burials of the children buried here on the day the cemetery was opened on 7th July 1855. This is a cross in memory of Ellen Tacci* aged 2 years which is in the “dissenter” area as she was not C of E. Edward Chandler (no memorial) is opposite and adjacent to a stone for Noah Pratt in the consecrated area.
12. Wyatt enclosure James Wyatt was the proprietor of the Bedford Times and also Borough Treasurer. He was instrumental in getting the Borough to purchase the land for the cemetery. He is buried in this enclosure with his wife, Augusta and their 4 children (Otho Vitruvius, Arthur and Paul). Augusta’s sister and her mother and 3rd husband (Mary and William Williams) are also here with 3 servants, Catherine Reid, George Orcgard and John Sparkes (no stone).
13. This area is covered by cremation memorials of ashes buried here.
14. All our babies. This memorial was placed here by the nursing staff at North and South Wing Hospitals to be a focus for the relations of the hundreds of babies and small children buried here in unmarked graves.
15. Danuta Cruszcybska-Alasinska you can read all about this astonishing Polish girl’s life on the stone. Born 18.04.24 died 18.01.63.
UNGUIDED WALK NO. 4
Badgers, babies and a murder on the tennis courts
1. Entrance lodge designed by Jobson Jackson (see No.6). Home of Mr Dann the first Registrar (see No.8). He lived in the RH side with his family of nine children. The LH side housed the mortuary and the office. All the entrance gates are the original ones from 1855.
2. Joan Christine Turing Eve age one year. One branch of this titled family founded Eve’s the estate agents and another branch of the family included Alan Turing of Bletchley Park fame.
3. Eleanor Evelyn McKay aged 20. She was shot dead by Hubert Vere (see No.4) while playing tennis with friends behind the Ship Inn in St Cuthbert’s Street.
4. Hubert Wigram Veasey Vere aged 22. His romantic advances to Eleanor McKay (see No.3) were not returned and he shot himself immediately after he shot her. The Coroner’s verdict was that the balance of his mind was disturbed, which meant he could be buried in consecrated ground.
5. Rose West and her father. This beautiful little stone commemorates the death of Rose’s father aged 27 on 28/09/15 and her death seven months later aged 15 months.
6. Jobson Jackson 1820-1894. He was the architect of the gatehouse and chapel complex and many other Bedford buildings. He became County Surveyor, a Magistrate and Alderman and his many talents included artist and athlete.
7. Lieutenant Col Edwin Del Sandys died 19/02/97. This is one of the finest memorials in the cemetery.
8. The Dann family. Mr Dann 1822-1898 was the first Registrar in 1855 and he died when still in that post. He is buried with his wife and three of his nine children who predeceased him – Ellen, Mary, and William.
9. WW1 Graves. Pte W.J. Robinson 16/09/14, Pte W Geddes 10/10/14 and Pte A Charker 12/10/14. The first two probably died of one of the infectious diseases that were rampant in Bedford at that time. Charker was accidentally stabbed to death with a bayonet by a fellow soldier. At the foot of W Geddes you will see his brother J. Geddes 13/12/14.
10. A large proportion of the magnificent mature trees have been labelled with their tree names and also the approximate date of planting. Some of these are original plantings.
11. Badgers. A family of badgers have lived for many years in the cemetery. Take care if you are walking in this area as they have left many excavation holes.
12. This area was often used for the burials of babies and small children.
13. The Heritage Orchard. Theses tree have been planted in memory of departed friends and relatives who loved the cemetery. All trees have the name tags with details of the departed person and the tree type.
14. Section X is a small slice of land added in 1985 when the Norse Road cemetery and crematorium was not complete and this cemetery was full.
15. Nature Reserve. This area is kept as a nature reserve and the grass is only cut occasionally.
16. Cross of Sacrifice. The total number of Commonwealth War graves in this cemetery is 215. Here are some of them. Those on the RH side are all WW1 and LH side are WW2. Can you find three Polish nationals, one woman and also a double grave? The latter is very unusual, as both of the burials are in Pavenham Church yard, so this is only a memorial stone.
17. Muslim area. This section is for those of the Muslim faith. The graves are orientated differently to Christian graves.
18. Danuta Cruszczynska-Alasinska. You can read of this astonishing life on the stone. Born 18/04/24 died 15/11/53.
19 All Our Babies. This memorial commemorates all of the babies and small children buried in his area with no memorial stones. It was provided by the nursing staff at North and South Wing hospitals.
UNGUIDED WALK NO. 5
The tragedies of war and a drunken altercation
1. Gr ref F3.30/41 Alexander GRAFTON died 18th August 1907, aged 62. The Vulcan Works, Bedford. Designed locomotive steam-cranes constructed upon the horizontal turn-table principle with which his firm was closely associated.
2. Gr ref F4.169 Alice Emily DAWES Nurse, Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service died 23rd October 1918, aged 29.
3. Gr ref E5.107 Edward LAXTON – The Oaks, 176 Kimbolton Road Bedford, died 30th July 1942, aged 48: Killed by enemy aircraft action when a bomb was dropped on his home. *
4. Gr ref E5.70 Lieutenant ALLEN R.H.A. Melville (Richard Howell Agnew) RFC: 21st March 1917 aged 25. Royal Flying Corps. Died in a flying accident over Norfolk when in collision with a small plane. His brother Captain John Francis of the Loyal North Lancashire Regt. 1st Bn was KIA 5th November 1914 and is buried in Ypres Town Cemetery Belgium.
5. Gr ref H8.243 Sgt Major Matthew CLAY died 5th June 1873 aged 77. From humble Private Clay at the Battle of Waterloo to Sergeant Major Clay of the Bedfordshire Militia. He fought at Waterloo and defended Chateau Hougourmont.
He is buried adjacent to Frederick York Clay aged 32 years, Gr ref: H.8.232.
6. Gr ref E8.88 William APPLEBY Served as a Private in the 40th Regiment of Foot for 53 years. The Regiment became South Lancashire Prince of Wales Volunteers. A veteran of the Napoleonic Wars and was at Waterloo. Was in action at the siege of Badajoz under General Wellesley, later to become the Duke of Wellington. Received the General Service medal roll with Badajoz Clasp. Died 4th June 1860 aged 74 years.
He is buried near to his wife Sarah. Gr ref E.8.98.
7. Gr ref C7.199 Gillian Lesley SIMMS aged 2years. Died 30th July 1942 at the County Hospital. Daughter of George Reeves Simms 28 Albert Street, Bedford. Killed by enemy action – 300 Incendiary Bombs dropped at Tavistock Street & Castle Road areas. Plus 4 x High Explosives in the Kimbolton Road area.
8. Gr ref C3.46 & 55 Harry Franks died 21st December 1943. The 3rd Cemetery Registrar Supt., from August 1912 until his death in post. His first wife Emily Elizabeth died as a result of a road accident 7th August 1924, at the Lodge in the early hours of the 8th August 1924.
9. Gr ref F3.23 John TORR, a veteran of the Napoleonic Wars, 26 years a valued soldier. 7th Queens Own Hussars. Served in the Peninsular War, Orthes and Waterloo. For 36 years a respected Bedford inhabitant. Died at ‘Highfield’ Renhold, 3rd November 1875 aged 82.
His wife Sarah was buried 17th June 1863 Gr ref: F2.12.
10. Gr ref H3.236 Thomas DANN family graves. Died 14th August 1897 aged 76. The first Cemetery Registrar Supt., of Bedford Cemetery from 5th June 1855 until his death.
11. Gr ref K2.57 Private Arthur CHARKER, murder – manslaughter victim during WW1. Died 12th October 1914 aged 24. 4th Battalion, Cameron Highlanders died as a result of a drunken altercation in his billet. He was killed by a fellow soldier with a bayonet. Private John Fraser aged 19 years, pleaded guilty to a charge of manslaughter and received 15 months imprisonment for this crime (with hard labour) at Bedford Assizes on Saturday 17th October 1914.
12. Gr ref K2.67 & 68 Private William GEDDES – WW1. Aged 18 years, of the 4th Battalion Seaforth’s. He was the first to die of an infectious disease on the 10th October 1914. His brother, James, aged 22 years, died two months later on the 12th December 1914, of as a result of a combination of pneumonia and measles.
13. Gr ref K2.40 Samuel COOPER. Died 14th January 1916. A veteran of the Crimea War who fought at the battles of Alma & Balaklava.
14. Gr ref H.482 Private Alfred John ALDER, 3rd Battalion of the Bedfordshire Regiment. One of eight killed in air raid at Landguard Camp Felixstowe on Sunday July 22nd, 1917. His son Private G/79784 Alfred (Amos) Alder, Royal Fusiliers 10th Bn. KIA 8th October 1918 (1919 on cwgc headstone) aged 18.
15. Gr ref E.1072 Christopher George IRELAND L.Cpl. Killed by IRA at Warrenpoint NI – 27th August 1979 aged 24.
16. Gr ref. E951 & 973 Squadron Leader Richard John MANTON. Aged 30 years, a member of the Lancaster JB 154 crew when overnight 20th / 21st October 1943 they attacked Leipzig in an attempt to destroy the Messerschmitt factory.
UNGUIDED WALK NO.6
Artists, Millers and Stargazers
1. Section C2. 159. Jarvis & Son – Monumental Masons of Hassett Street, and Midland Road, Bedford. Many of the memorials in the Cemetery were made by Samuel Wainright Jarvis and his son George.
2. Section D1. 70. Annie Eliza Blake – Pioneer in artistic flower photography and was one of the leading photographers in England.
3. Section E2. 76. Dr. Charles Edward Prior – Coroner for the Borough. Public Analyst and Medical Health Officer of the Borough of Bedford.
4. Section E2. 192. Bradford Rudge – An Artist of the Nineteenth Century, recorded history through his drawings, paintings and Lithographs.
5. Section G3.35. Elizabeth Jane Clayton – The memorial is inscribed with the words: ‘This is the first memorial erected in the Cemetery’, although this is now difficult to read. Elizabeth was born at Cauldwell Street Bedford. She died aged 8 years and 9 months in 1855. Her parents, Elizabeth and Isaac are also buried in the grave with her.
6. Section F4. 64. Madeline Seys Phillips – She was the ninth child of Lady and Sir Frederick Howard. She was known in Bedford for her charitable work.*
7. Section E5. 67. Hester Periam Hawkins -Astronomer and Author. She was one of the women responsible for the hand painted tiles illustrating old nursery rhymes and tales in the Victoria Ward in Bedford Hospital.
8. Section E6. 192. Mary Caroline Palmer – Founder of the Bedford Choir. In 1927, the choir broadcasted from Savoy Hill, Broadcasting House in London.
9. Section C7. 12. Benjamin Harrison – Miller of Duck Mill, and one of the founders of the Bedford Musical Society.
10. Section C8 132. Thomas Rose – Set up a drapery store at 51-53 High Street. The store was later known as E.P. Rose & Son, which now houses Debenhams.
11. Section B3. 239. John Charles Denton – Built the Pantechnicon, the biggest store in Bedford. Today the building is now a pub and hotel known as “The Pilgrims Progress,” and owned by Weatherspoons.
UNGUIDED WALK NO. 7
Accidents, a Globetrotter and 2 Chief Constables
1 – Gr ref: E.4. 13 Henry ADKIN Gunsmith – 11 & 57 High Street Bedford. Died 1st May 1914 aged 92 years.
2 – Gr ref: F.7. 241 Emma CUTTS who died 4th February 1862 aged 6 years and 9 months. This is a wonderful example of the longevity of a slate headstone, one of only a few that we have in Bedford Cemetery. Almost 160 years old but the inscription is as legible as the day it was erected.
3 – Gr ref: E.7. 206 Charles PAXTON died 29th August 1877, aged 20 years. He was one of two young men who died following an explosion on the 28th August 1877 in the gunpowder room at the rear of Henry Adkin’s gun shop at 57 High Street, Bedford.
4 – Gr ref: B.8. 46 & 49 John USHER died 30th December 1904 at the age of 82 years. He designed the layout of the burial sections and footpaths at Bedford Cemetery. He was a well-known local architect of his time. His name is not on the memorial.
5 – Gr ref: C.7. 102 Augustus HILL, Captain Fire Officer of Bedford Borough. He died 12th March 1912.
6 – Gr ref: C.3. 165 Rev John JUKES – Pastor of the Bunyan Meeting Church, Mill Street, Bedford from 1840 to 1866.
7 – Gr ref: D.1. 54 & 65 ROFF family memorial. William – businessman, politician, Mayor & globe trotter.
8 – Gr ref: E.2. 203 John Fraser HANDFORD died 26th April 1879 aged 9 years. He drowned in a boating accident at Castle Mill Lock.
9 – Gr ref: F.2. 170 Major Ashton Cromwell WARNER. The second Chief Constable of Bedfordshire. He succeeded Capt. Boultbee in 1871 who was the first CC. He died 29th November 1879, aged 44 years.
10 – Gr ref: F.3. 174 Jennie Olivia Mary EVANS died 14th February 1917 aged 17 years. She drowned in the Great Ouse.
11 – Gr ref: H.3. 178 William NORRIS aged 17 years. He died 4th September 1877. Another young man who died after the explosion in the gunpowder room at the rear of the Henry Adkin’s gun shop at 57 High Street, Bedford.
12 – Gr ref: Q. 291 The ‘Lost Angel’ (of Bedford Cemetery). Lancelot George Hugh BEAVER, aged 17 years. An ‘Angel’ memorial stone encapsulated in a holly tree preventing it collapsing into the grave.
13 – Gr ref: R. 688 Beatrice Mary WILLIAMSON died 30th July 1942, a 1942 WW2 civilian war casualty. She was one of ten deaths as a result of German aircraft dropping high explosive and incendiary bombs over the town.
14 – Gr ref: L. 280 A Bedford Shooting Tragedy, murder and suicide in Glebe Road Bedford as a result of domestic turmoil on Saturday 2nd January 1926. Percy TOWNSEND aged 45 years shot and killed his daughter Phyllis who was aged 17 years. Phyllis is buried in an unmarked grave, reference Q. 333.
15 – Gr ref: I. 385 Captain Robert McGheyne LINNELL R.A.M.C. & Private 40469 William HUCKLE Lincolnshire Regiment. A single headstone showing two Regimental badges. Headstone only as the burials were at St Peters Church, Pavenham. The Rev. Linnell conducted the funeral service of William Huckle at St Peter’s Church.
16 – Gr ref: F. 494 Lt.-Col. Sir Frank STEVENS C.B.E., D.L., Chief Constable of Bedfordshire 1910 – 1939. He died aged 62 years on the 16th October 1939 as a result of a shooting accident on the Whitbread Estate.
17 – Gr ref: I. 36 Rev. Robert Anderson JARDINE 1878-1950 – the cleric who conducted the marriage of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor in 1937. He died at Bedford 10th March 1950. A wooden cross is all that identifies an otherwise unmarked grave.
18 – Gr ref: D. 873 George Alfred Redvers TRUEMAN, aged 15 years. He died 18th January 1916 – one of four young men killed as a result of the explosion at the Britannia Iron Works, Kempston Road Bedford.
19 – Gr ref: B. 1104 Donald FRANCIS, aged 22 years. Died 18th January 1916 – Another of the four young men killed as a result of the explosion at the Britannia Iron Works, Kempston Road Bedford.
20 – Gr ref: H.11. 163. Harry THODY, Chief Constable Bedford Borough Police February 1887 to October 1906. He died at his home in The Grove Bedford 30th December 1925 aged 83 years. A real Old Bedfordian who exemplified the best type of the “Bedford-born”.
UNGUIDED WALK NO 9
Interesting things to spot close to the Park –
some mysteries, a tree, and a man called Moses.
1. Evelyn McKay. Innocent twenty year old victim of the Tennis Court Murder of 1883, shot by a spurned suitor at The Ship pub in St Cuthbert’s St. The large Anchor symbolises Hope.
2. Dust family memorial. Their High St shop catered for the clothing needs of refined ladies. The angel pointing upwards is God’s messenger. The finger has been lost at some time.
3. Hubert Veasey Vere. The man who shot Evelyn McKay in 1883, and then shot himself. His mind was disturbed following Army service in Egypt. Several people attended both funerals, which were carried out on the same afternoon. His mother died young, just 36, and is also remembered here.
4. Frances Sim. First Headmistress of Bedford Kindergarten and founder of Bedford Teacher Training College.
5. Dann family graves. Thomas Dann was the first, and for 43 years, the much respected Superintendent of the Cemetery. He and his large family lived in the Gatehouse building, which also served as his offices and the mortuary (!)
6. Rev William Stainton Moses. Spiritualist Medium, founder of the British Spiritualist Alliance and Society of Psychical Research. “He Being Dead Yet Speaketh” reads his memorial…but was he a fraud?
7. Agnew. A straightforward memorial…but can you find the enigmatic hidden plaque?
8. Hugh Brookes. Ten year old boy who in 1883 decided to “act drowning” at the Public Baths…but accidentally drowned.
9. H G Field. Possibly a patriotic soldier, or possibly an adulterer with families in Bedford and Australia.
10. Jess Whitbread. Bedfordian who while holidaying in 1952, was one of the 34 victims of the Lynmouth flood. There have been many conspiracy theories about what caused this flood.
11. Sparks. This lady was clearly proud of being Superintendent of this now defunct school, and the epitaph summarises her life. Perhaps the school erected the memorial.
12. Riley. Another epitaph chosen to show what the deceased was most proud of. In this case, the symbols show he was a prominent Freemason.(To the left, you can see an overgrown area, with clear signs of a Badger sett.)
13. Wildlife area. This area is deliberately left alone, for Nature to take its course, and is managed by wildlife experts.
14. Gibbs. Soldier killed by IRA in 1920. The skull and crossbones is the symbol of his regiment, the 17th Lancers.
15. “The Angel in the Trees.” Lancelot Hugh Beaver, a young student who died of septicaemia after cutting his foot with a rusty blade. He died before his mother was able to get back from India. (Yes, the angel was there before the impressive tree!).
16. Sowerby. Long before the stigma that Hitler gave it, the swastika was originally a positive symbol of Good Luck, Prosperity and Eternity in various cultures. There is another Swastika on a stone near the chapel.
17. The three Cooper sisters. Identical stones, but why does one have the enigmatic “Auf Wiedersehen” on it? Their father was a piano tuner (!)
18. Sandys. You can’t help but be impressed by the skill that produced the elaborate detail here…and without modern technology.
19. Mills. Some people chose to have metal railings to protect the grave. There are only a few left in the cemetery, some possibly taken to help the war effort in WWII.
20. Roberts. A very large example of an Urn, which symbolises the vessel of the soul, following death. They often have a shroud covering, or a figure crying.
21. Family Grave of Robert Roberts. Pioneering Governor of Bedford prison who was badly treated by the authorities. He introduced “mug-shots” of prisoners. Sadly many of his children died young. This is the best example of a truly Gothic memorial in the cemetery.