FRIENDS OF BEDFORD CEMETERY
Foster Hill Road
Four of the Committee of The Friends, went to The Rosary Cemetery in Norwich on 16th June, to attend the AGM of the National Association of Cemetery Friends. It was a most interesting event as we were able to meet similar groups to our own, hear how they work and also find out the sort of events they organise.
We were taken on a guided walk of the Rosary Cemetery which was fascinating. The Cemetery is about the same size as Foster Hill Road, but is much more overgrown, and very atmospheric. We enjoyed the tour so much that we are considering organising a coach trip next year for our members. We could combine this with a visit to some of the many other interesting places in Norwich (the castle, the cathedral and the museum to mention just a few).
One of the guides explaining the maintenance
work that has been carried out in the area.
A general view of the cemetery showing
how a large part is overgrown.
Committee members in front of the Emanuel Cooper Mausoleum.
The Mausoleum (pictured above,far right) was built by Emanuel Cooper before his death, for his own use.
He would come to the cemetery and sit on the steps of the building and smoke his pipe whilst looking out across the city. His adopted daughter, Ada Nemesis Cooper, married John Galsworthy and his novel the Forsyte Saga is largely about their story.