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Local schoolchildren help London Road Cemetery in bid for more restoration funding

Published Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Coventry’s London Rd Cemetery, one of the top five historic cemeteries in the country, is bidding to get further grant support from the Heritage Lottery Fund to help with restoration works.

Coventry City Council is submitting a Round 2 application in August for further HLF money to fund a £2m London Road cemetery project.  Stage one of the works was to develop an overview for the refurbishment project and now design detail is being added, working alongside local stakeholders such as the Friends of London Road Cemetery.

Joseph Paxton was an English gardener, architect and Member of Parliament who went on to design London’s Crystal Palace seven years later. The scheme aims to restore Paxton’s original design intent, undertaking horticultural and tree works as well as repairing major features such as the Anglican Chapel, key monuments, and entrance.

A short video has been made by the Albany Theatre with children from Westwood Academy who highlight the many interesting facts about the site and talk about some of the famous people buried there who are of national, as well as local, importance. It is hoped that this will encourage support from the public for this project.

The film will be presented by children from the school to the Friends of the London Road cemetery, parents and the public this Thursday (20th) in the Albany Theatre at 7pm. All are welcome to this free event, no booking needed.

Cllr Linda Bigham, Cabinet Member for Community Development said “This cemetery is not only a lovely space, which Coventry is very proud of, but also a fascinating place to enjoy a walk to discover its rich history.  Young people from the Westwood Academy have done a brilliant job of capturing all that’s special about the cemetery and I hope lots of people will go along and watch their film.”

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