Ancient burial monument in Bedfordshire almost complete

A new company are hoping to bring an inspiring resting place for loved one's ashes.

Thursday, 11th August 2016, 8:54 am
Updated Thursday, 11th August 2016, 2:10 pm
Managing director Toby Angel with Martin Fildes, a build director for the monument pictured

An ancient form of burial is coming back in the form of a monument which within it has barrows to place ashes in and will be located on the Bedford border.

Sacred Stones, the company behind this initiative, has been inspired by the Bronze Age round mounds close to Stonehenge.

The work to build this new creation, with a decidedly prehistoric-style theme, began in May this year.
The construction of the roof, which is almost complete, will be the final piece until it is officially open.

This is the first barrow to be built in the county for more than 3,500 years and will be built on the Bedfordshire border near Little Staughton.

Sacred Stones managing director Toby Angel is overseeing the work.

He said: “With an estimated 250,000 urns left uncollected in UK funeral parlours and crematoria, with still more sitting on mantelpieces or in wardrobes, we believe society is in need of a more inspiring resting place for a loved one’s ashes.

“By adapting the remarkable aesthetics of the ancient burial grounds to create a contemporary place of rest, the Sacred Stones’ barrow will capture the essence of what these monuments meant to our ancestors.”

Once complete the barrow will offer spaces for 345 niches for cremation urns – 295 designed for two urns, and a further 50 with space for up to five urns.