The Friends of Mendip Hospital Cemetery

Patron: David Bellamy OBE - Chairman: Tony Cavill - Vice Chairman: Graham E Livings

Mendip Hospital Cemetery - ChapelAnnual Open Day at the Mendip Hospital Cemetery

In 2000 the people of Wells were alerted that it was proposed to sell the land containing the Chapel and graves of 2,900 persons who had been patients or staff of the Mendip Hospital. The last burial took place in 1963.

A meeting was held in the Town Hall and the outcome of this meeting was the formation of The Friends of Mendip Hospital Cemetery. The Friends have been in operation since this date. After a great deal of work the site is now a pleasure to visit. The aim is to keep the site in pristine condition and to encourage people to visit on open weekends.

One of the gratifying outcomes of work undertaken by the committee is tracing peoples' relatives who are at rest in the Cemetery. This task is ongoing and helped by the formation of a register of all the people buried there. This was compiled by one of the Friends and represents a lot of hard work over the last couple of years.

The aims of the Friends of Mendip Hospital Cemetery charity are:

“To preserve and protect the former Mendip Hospital Cemetery site and enhance the site as a public amenity and to maintain, repair, restore, preserve, improve, beautify and reconstruct the fabric of the Chapel at the former Mendip Hospital Cemetery site as a place of historical or architectural merit and to advance public education in the history of the Mendip Hospital, the Chapel and the Cemetery”.

In Memorium

It is with great sadness that the committee learn of the passing of Dr. MORAG S. HERVEY. Dr. Hervey was Assistant Medical Officer from January 1967 until her retirement in April 1988, at the Wells Asylum / Mendip Hospital.
Our thoughts are with her family and friends.
The last part of her lecture given in St. Thomas Church, Wells on 20th October 2000 was her wish for the Hospital Cemetery to be preserved.
With the past and present members of the Friends of Mendip Hospital Cemetery Committee we have achieved her wish.
Tony Cavill


New members and volunteers are warmly welcome. The annual membership fee is a minimum of £5. Donations and legacies to enable the continuing stewardship of our 999 year lease with Mendip District Council are also warmly welcome.

Cemetery Honey Sales

Honey harvested from the cemetery beehives can be purchased at the Chapel whenever the Cemetery is open. Small jars (1 1/2 oz.) for £1.50 and Large jars (12 oz.) for £5.50. All proceeds go to the Friends of Mendip Hospital Cemetery charity.