A noted sculptor has designed elaborate metal gates for a new cemetery in Cambridge.

Matthew Lane Sanderson, who designed part of the famous clock that stands at the campus of Cambridge's Corpus Christi College, hand-made the galvanised mile steel gates for the Melbourn Cemetery.

The gates, which are inspired by a lost Anglo-Saxon burial ground, are inset with stones reminiscent of shields that were used around one thousand years ago.

Mr Sanderson intended for the metal gates to honour more than 60 Anglo-Saxon men, women and children from the sixth century, whose remains were discovered in the village some 200 yards from the new graveyard 11 years ago.

Donald Mowatt, chairman of Melbourn Parish Council, told the Royston Crow: "Words alone cannot describe my absolute delight. The gates will touch the hearts of all."

The bodies of a representative family, comprising a man, a woman and two children, from the lost burial plot will be re-buried in a five-metre high replica Saxon burial mound at the new site next year.

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