Funeral directors granted permission for modern barrow site

CGI shows plans for the entire Calverton site

A.W. Lymn The Family Funeral Service – an East Midlands-based funeral directors, established in 1907 – has been given permission to build a modern burial mound site in Calverton, Nottinghamshire. It will be the first of its kind in the area.

Known as barrows, these mounds will be handcrafted in stone and represent one of the oldest funeral traditions in Britain and will be inspired by ancient monuments, which were once commonplace. They will feature niches for cremated remains to be placed within, providing a peaceful setting for a service and final resting place.

The planning application for a 27-acre cemetery was originally submitted to Gedling Borough Council in 2022 and a further application for one closed and two open barrows was submitted in 2023. Significant changes to the design were incorporated and plans have now been approved.

A. W. Lymn are now working in partnership with the world’s only barrow design and construction business, Sacred Stones Limited.

Pete Clarson, commercial director at A W Lymn, said: “when it comes to saying a final goodbye, we recognise that this doesn’t always look the same for everyone. Having a variety of options to choose from to suit your personal needs, preferences and wishes is so incredibly important.

“The barrows, however, are more than a place for ashes to be laid to rest. It’s a place where recently bereaved can go to understand their grief, accept their loss, and celebrate a life. Working alongside Sacred Stones, we will now be able to bring this vision to fruition for the people of Nottinghamshire and the wider region. We will soon be offering a very unique and timeless memorial option, while also actively respecting the rural character of the site.”


CGI of barrow external

CGI of barrow external

Toby Angel, managing director of Sacred Stones, said: “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.”

The Calverton cemetery, which is the business’s first company-owned burial site, and barrows scheme, forms part of A.W. Lymn’s plan to extend its offering as it continues to expand across the region, with a total of 27 funeral homes throughout Nottinghamshire and South Derbyshire.


CGI inside covered barrow

CGI inside covered barrow