Rectory Lane Cemetery

Rectory Lane Cemetery lies on the other side of the High Street from St Peter's, a tranquil haven hidden behind the Rex Cinema, abundant with wildlife, Victorian monuments and Commonwealth War Graves.

The cemetery, opened in 1842, lies on an acre of land donated to the parish by Carlotte Catherine Anne, Countess of Bridgewater (widow of John Egerton, 7th Earl of Bridgewater). Until the mid-19th Century, St Peter's churchyard had been used for town burials, but but like many burial grounds in England at the time, it became overcrowded, and a new burial ground was established at Rectory Lane.

the cemeteryThe cemetery is not used for burials today, and there is a civic cemetery at Kingshill Cemetery, but is valued as a local heritage site and a comunity green space. Many local have family graves here, notable local historic figures are buried here, and the town continues to honour its war dead.

The cemetery is now in the care of the Friends of St Peter's Berkhamsted, a charitable trust dedicated to maintaining and enhancing St Peter's Church and the churchyards that belong to it. With the support of the Big Lottery Fund, the Heritage Lottery Fund, heritage organisations and local volunteers, the Friends are undertaking a major project to restore the cemetery by clearing overgrown plants, installing new benches, conserving and restoring monuments and enhancing the space for the community.

If you would like to support this project by volunteering or making a donation, or if you would like to sponsor a family grave, visit the Friends website to find out more.

If you require information about the modern cemeteries please contact Dacorum Borough Council.

the cemetery

War graves

Rectory Lane cemetery contains several war graves from the two World Wars. In all, there are 14 Commonwealth burials of the First World War and 13 of the Second World War here.

Among the notable burials is the grave of General Horace Smith-Dorrien, a veteran of the Second Boer War and World War I and a former Governor of Gibraltar.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission Cemetery records

Graves Research

 Find a Grave

There are over one thousand plots in the cemetery, so the list is very long. This list is also available as an Excel spreadsheet which allows you to search by name, date etc.

Search by:

List of Inscriptions

Click on a heading below to reveal or hide the lists of grave plots. Inscriptions list compiled by Eric Holland and OCRed

Download the Excel
spreadsheet list of graves

Spreadsheet compiled by Linda Rollitt

Plots 1-99

Plots 100-199

Plots 200-299

Plots 300-399

Plots 400-499

Plots 500-599

Plots 600-699

Plots 700-799

Plots 800-899

Plots 900-999

Plots 1000-1999

Plots 1100-1173


Useful resources

If you are researching a burial, there are a few sources to help you:

book cover of Monumental Inscriptions in the Parish of Great Berkhamsted St Peter Monumental Inscriptions in the Parish of Great Berkhamsted St Peter
Hertfordshire Family History Society, 2016
Price £9.00

This fascinating book includes a detailed map of the burials in Rectory Lane Cemetery and the memorials inside the church. A must for anyone interested in local heritage and family history!

Order online from the HFHS


friends websiteFriends of St Peter's
If you are unable to locate a grave in Rectory Lane, the Friends of St Peter’s have researched the history of some of the people who are buried in the Cemetery.

You can also contact the Friends with any research queries.


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