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St Nicholas Churchyard

Brockenhurst is justifiably proud of its Churchyard.



Located in a delightful spot overlooking the village and adjacent to St Nicholas Church. The church is reputed to be the oldest church in the New Forest and one of only two in the Forest mentioned in the Doomsday Book.

The churchyard today is in two parts. The smaller area immediately around the Church is under the auspices of the Church Authorities. The lower section below the steps is operated by the Parish Council.

The Commonwealth War Graves

In 1914 due to its proximity to south coast ports and its railway connections the War Office chose Brockenhurst as a World War 1 hospital centre. This consisted of the main section known as the Lady Hardinge Hospital, a 500 bed tented and galvanized hospital complex built on Church Hill, known to the locals as "Tin Town", and two minor sections at the commandeered Balmer Lawn and Forest Park Hotels, known as the Meerut General Hospital. The hospitals treated soldiers of the 3rd (Lahore) and 7th (Meerut) Divisions from the Indian Army Corps, sent to help the British Expeditionary Force fighting in France and Flanders. Almost 3,000 Indian wounded were treated before the Corps was posted to Egypt that November.

In January 1916, the hospitals were taken over to become the No.1 New Zealand General Hospital, and hutted accommodation was erected in Church Lane. Over 21,000 New Zealand casualties were treated, but sadly more than a hundred New Zealand, Indian and other soldiers died in these hospitals. There are 93 New Zealand graves, 1 Australian grave plus those of three Indian and three unidentified Belgian civilians. The No.1 New Zealand General Hospital remained at Brockenhurst until it closed early in 1919. The impressive engraved head-stones, were erected 1924 on the order of the Imperial War Graves Commission, replacing the original white wooden crosses. The impressive memorial cross was erected in 1927. To this day an annual service is held here on the Sunday next to Anzac Day, attended by representatives of the New Zealand High Commission and of the New Zealand Forces, Many of today’s villagers also attend.


More information about the No.1 New Zealand General Hospital can be found on these websites

Link to NZ 100 - the Main Site from NZ

Link to Auckland Museum

Link To Hampshire History (open source site)

Please note this is not an exhaustive list

If you would like to make enquires about our churchyard please contact our Parish Clerk on 01590622829, or e-mail.



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Conditions and Fees for interment in the Churchyard


The fees shown apply when interment is made between the hours of 9am and 4pm, or one hour before sunset, whichever is earlier, on a week-day, or when interment is required to be carried out immediately under the authority of a certificate issued by a Coroner or Registered Medical Practitioner.


For residents the fees will be reduced by 50% of the standard rate, including for former parishioners who have moved directly to Homes for the Elderly. For those who have moved to Brockenhurst to live in Homes for the Elderly the fees will be at the full rate. Those who have lived in the Parish for forty years before moving away will be eligible for the lower rate of fee. The decision is at the discretion of the Parish Council.










The body of a person over 12 years of age for interment in :



                                                a single grave



                                                a double grave



                                                second burial in a double grave



The body of a child not exceeding 18 years of age




Interment of cremated remains (ashes)



Charge for digging an ashes interment plot





Right of Burial






Exclusive right of burial/s in an earthen grave for a period of 100 years



An area 2 ft by 2 ft in the section of the churchyard set aside for cremated remains





Monuments and Gravestones






A headstone not exceeding 2ft 6ins



A name plaque



Flower vase, book or Bible



Cremation tablet 1ft 6ins by 1ft 6ins



Additional inscription on an existing memorial



Services of a minister of religion are organised and charged by the Funeral Director.


The charge for digging a grave (not ashes plot) is not included and dealt with by the Funeral Director.


The construction of a Wall Grave is not permitted in the Churchyard.


Valid from 20th June 2017