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GALLERY: London Road Cemetery

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Last month we reported that Coventry’s historic London Road Cemetery is set to be given a new lease of life following the appointment of a landscape design specialist to undertake design work to support its £1 million refurbishment.

The Grade I listed cemetery was created by celebrated designer Joseph Paxton in 1845 and the work is being carried out following a grant award from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The scheme aims to restore Paxton’s original design intent, undertaking horticultural and tree works as well as repairing major features such as The Promenade, the Anglican Chapel and key monuments.

The cemetery was designed as an arboretum, with many new species of trees including exotics, and combines a cemetery and an arboretum park over a seven hectare site. It also includes three chapels and the ageing cemetery and its buildings are now badly in need of repair.

Take a tour of the cemetery as it is today thanks to this terrific photo gallery from Coventry City Council:

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