In 1956, when cremation started to become an acceptable alternative to interment, it was decided at St. Giles to provide a walled rose garden where ashes could be scattered and small metal plaques inserted into the ground.

There were also facilities for placing stone engraved slabs on the wall.

Garden and Walls of Remembrance

Regulations later came in which forbade the scattering of ashes, and from this developed the need to have ashes buried. So, in 1978, a lawn was laid and two side walls built with stone plaques fixed to them. The location of ashes buried in the lawn was carefully logged so that subsequent family burials could be made in the same location.

In 1990, when the walls were fully covered with plaques, the lawn was fronted with a pathway to the west side, where more plaques could be laid at ground level.

Cremations continued to increase in popularity, and in 1998, when all the space on the two paths had been occupied, arrangements were made with Francis Chappell & Sons to build a ‘Wall of Remembrance’ where more stone plaques could be secured. The wall also afforded a screen to the chain-linked boundary with the adjoining woodland.

The original Wall is now known as 'Phase 1', as it was later extended (Phase 2).  The Garden and Walls are shown in the photographs below, as they were before the further development of the Old Garden that took place from 2016, see below..


'New' Garden of Remembrance

When the second wall was in turn becoming full, it was decided to perpare a brand new Garden, adjacent to the first on its east side. This was used for all new burials of ashes between 2012 and mid 2019. The new Garden is backed by a further new Wall of Remembrance, known as Phase 3.

In 2015 a lower level wall was created around the side and front of this section of the 'new' garden, and these started to be used once the main wall had been filled up.  However it was recognised that this would only provide limited extra space, so attention turned back to developing the walls around the Old Garden.

Further Development of the 'Old' Garden

The walls round the original garden have now been raised. This was carried out in two phases. A new high west wall was built in 2016, and then in 2018 the other three walls were rebuilt and raised. Contrast the photos below with the ones above. This has provided space for new plaques that will be sufficient for many years to come.

Some of the plaques that were previously located at ground level on the west side of the garden are now positioned on top of the high wall, at the same locations.


The new walls were brought into use in early 2019, starting with that to the south.