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Storm causes damage to gravestones in Buckingham

The Town Council are looking for families connected with the graves.

Published by Dan Gooding at 7:35am 13th February 2020. 3-minute read.

Storm causes damage to gravestones in Buckingham

Buckingham Town Council have confirmed that Storm Ciara has caused some damage to gravestones in the Brackley Road Cemetery.

The Council told us they are looking to locate the deed holder or families of the following people who are buried in the cemetery:

  • Walter Henry Hall (died 1921) Son of Arthur and Florence Hall
  • Mary Amelia Munt (died 1865) and Annie Maria Munt (died 1866) Wife and daughter of Frederick Munt, Jeweller
  • William West (died 1858) Buckingham bookseller

The gravestones above were damaged in the storm by a falling branch.

The Council is very keen to get in touch with the families of these individuals to seek permission to make repairs where possible.

Emergency tree works are also taking place at the cemetery.

These works are essential to make safe a tree damaged by last weekend's storm.

This must be done before Storm Dennis arrives over the weekend with predicted 45 mph winds.

Buckingham Cemetery storm damage

A number of gravestones in the vicinity of the tree will be temporarily moved out of the lee of the tree in order to protect them from any accidental damage.  

Clean up is expected to take into next week and all gravestones will be returned to their original positions after the work is completed. Where possible, deed holders of affected graves have already been contacted.

A spokesperson said:

"We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience and distress this may cause and great care will be taken to ensure that the gravestones are returned to the correct position in the cemetery."

If you have any questions at all, get in touch with the office on 01280 816 426 or contact Lee Phillips, Cemetery Manager via estates@buckingham-tc.gov.uk

The Council asks that deed holders of graves in the Cemetery keep their contact details up to date - if you have moved house or changed phone number, feel free to contact the office at any time and they can issue new deed holder documents free of charge. 

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