“…The original graves were mounted by iron crosses. Latterly in my time there were stones which were provided by the hospital.”

(Victor Burrows, former nurse at St Audry’s Hospital)

Mostly patients were buried in the villages from which they came. However, some were interred in the burial ground at the hospital, and in the 19th century their graves were marked by a simple metal cross with a number on it. It was often the case that patients might have had little or no contact with their relatives, and that the hospital was their only family. From the 1960s St Audry’s residents were not buried at the hospital but elsewhere. The graves slowly became overgrown and the iron crosses were taken up and melted for scrap metal.