That half a proper gardener’s work is done upon his knees,
So when your work is finished, you can wash your hands and pray
For the Glory of the Garden, that it may not pass away!
And the Glory of the Garden it shall never pass away!”
Some twenty years ago a small enthusiastic group of volunteers started on the task of putting our Churchyard in order and one of the tasks undertaken was to provide a small area for the interment of ashes.
The obvious site was that part of the Churchyard which had few memorials and where is was known there would be no further burials.
A Faculty was applied for and granted; the ground was levelled and paving stones laid to form a rectangular lawn with two rose beds at each end. A few years later a garden seat to the memory of “Pop Leatherdale” was provided. Some two dozen interments have to date been made, including a number of people from very far off who had links with St James’ in its early days and a Book of Remembrance in the church contains the names of many such persons.
I have been told that there are people in the parish who do not know of the Garden of Remembrance or of its location. Go into the churchyard through the Lych Gate, and you cannot fail to see it - a pleasant peaceful resting place almost immediately on your right. The roses planted twenty years ago have recently been replaced and a small magnolia tree has been planted which will effectivey draw attention to the Garden in the years to come.
Source: Gl Robinson, the Spire Magazine - 1983 September
The Parish Church of St James, Hampton Hill, TW12 1DQ
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