Ancient Burial Tradition Revived: Nottinghamshire’s First Modern Barrow Site Approved

A.W. Lymn barrows

In a groundbreaking move, A.W. Lymn The Family Funeral Service, Nottinghamshire’s largest independent funeral directors, has been approved to construct the first and only modern barrow site in the East Midlands. This decision by Gedling Borough Council marks a significant milestone in the company’s efforts to offer a unique and timeless memorial option to the region.

The handcrafted stone barrows, drawing inspiration from ancient monuments erected by our ancestors, will be located on George’s Lane, just outside the village of Calverton. The site was initially granted permission to operate as a cemetery in August 2022, but A.W. Lymn saw an opportunity to transform a portion of the 27-acre site into a distinctive memorial space.

Working closely with planning officers, the family business resubmitted its planning application in late 2023, proposing the construction of one closed and two open barrows. After addressing initial concerns and offering significant design changes, the application has now received the green light.

In partnership with Sacred Stones Limited, the world’s only barrow design and construction business, A.W. Lymn aims to revive the ancient tradition of using burial mounds, or barrows, as a final resting place for cremated remains. This timeless practice dates back millennia in Britain and offers a peaceful setting for services and memorialisation.

Pete Clarson, Commercial Director at A.W. Lymn, expressed the company’s commitment to providing diverse options for commemorating loved ones. “When it comes to saying a final goodbye, we recognise that this doesn’t always look the same for everyone,” he said. “Having a variety of options to choose from to suit your personal needs, preferences, and wishes is so incredibly important.”

Clarson emphasised the significance of the barrows as more than just a resting place for ashes. “It’s a place where recently bereaved can go to understand their grief, accept their loss, and celebrate a life,” he added. “Working alongside Sacred Stones, we will now be able to bring this vision to fruition for the people of Nottinghamshire and the wider region.”

The beautiful, natural-looking barrows are designed with niches for cremated remains, providing a serene environment for families to honour their loved ones. For over a century, A.W. Lymn has been helping the bereaved in the region with quality service and value for money at the heart of its ethos. The business recognises the growing appeal of the barrow burial style among its customers and is committed to adapting to their evolving needs.

Toby Angel, Managing Director of Sacred Stones, expressed his company’s honour in partnering with A.W. Lymn saying “We’ve been working on the barrow scheme with A.W. Lymn for some time now, and we are honoured to be partnering with a family business that, like barrows, has and will continue to stand the test of time,” he said.

The Calverton cemetery, A.W. Lymn’s first company-owned burial site, and the barrows scheme form part of the business’s plan to expand its offerings across the region. With a total of 27 funeral homes throughout Nottinghamshire and South Derbyshire, A.W. Lymn continues to innovate and adapt to meet the diverse needs of the communities it serves.

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