Franciscan Cemetery

Also known as Old Hall Cemetery

Rectory Hill
East Bergholt, Babergh District, Suffolk, CO7 6TG England
Memorials 66 added (3% photographed)

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The history of this cemetery goes back to a property known as "Old Hall", which dates to Norman times. The property, a private residence, was put up for sale in 1849 and purchased by the Benedictine Nuns of Winchester, whose origins began in Brussels in 1598.

In 1857, St Mary's Abbey was established on the site and operated as such until 1940, when the Nuns feared invasion. From 1940 to 1945 the property was occupied by the Army. In 1946, the Franciscan Friars purchased the property and began a House of Studies (St Mary's Friary) until 1973. The Franciscans sold the property in 1973, with the exception of the cemetery, which they still own.

The cemetery today is known alternately as Old Hall, St Mary's and Franciscan Cemetery. There are three cemeteries in the village of East Bergholt -- the churchyard of St Mary the Virgin Anglican Church, the East Bergholt Cemetery, which is under the control of the Local Authority "The Parish Council", and the Franciscan Cemetery.


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GPS Coordinates: 51.96989, 1.0148

  • Added: 13 Mar 2016
  • Find A Grave Cemetery: #2606752