St Michael and All Angels’ Church, Lyndhurst: Churchyard Improving Access Project

The main aim of this project was to:

  • create a new footpath to improve access to the Hargreaves’ family curbed plot containing the cremated ashes of Alice Pleasance Hargreaves (née Liddell): who was Lewis Carroll’s inspiration for ‘Alice in Wonderland’;
  • reposition redundant headstones into a new seating area;
  • repair and photogrammetry of five important monuments.

The project was part-funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (which finances the EU’s contribution to rural development programmes) via the New Forest LEADER Local Action Group and was managed by the New Forest National Park Authority acting for the New Forest District Council which is responsible for the upkeep of the churchyard.

Archaeovison photoThe redundant headstones, formerly used as a stepped path, were the subject of a photogrammetry (RTI) survey by Archaeovision and then repositioned in the churchyard to provide a seating area.  Some of the monuments in the churchyard are listed and are dealt with as Listed Buildings. These were recently repaired as part of National Lottery Heritage Fund award managed by the New Forest National Park Authority and three of them have been removed from the Historic England Buildings ‘At Risk’ Register.

Resulting findings of the RTI survey (undertaken by Archaeovision) will be reported via New Forest Knowledge.

NFNPA photoThe Revd David Potterton said “Great to see the public seats made out of rescued headstones at St Michael and All Angels’ Church already being used for lunch breaks.  Thanks to New Forest LEADER and The Heritage Fund UK these have all been recorded and saved.  Inscriptions will be revealed on the New Forest Knowledge portal“.

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