The group, who are from the Persian Sephardi sect of Jews, purchased an area of land within the main United Synagogue Jewish Cemetery in Bushey circa 1950 in order to create a private area as the final place of rest for members of their family. An archway and metal railings have been installed to create an attractive entrance and boundary perimeter.
The decorative archway was manufactured from steel and the entire structure was galvanized to ensure its longevity and to protect from rusting. The archway was then polyester powder coated black, RAL 9005, as befitting of a place of remembrance.
The decorative design included gold painted features that comprised lettering depicting the cemetery name and ornate gold ball infill bars. A gold ‘Star of David’ hexagram was used as a centre piece at the tip of the archway as mark of respect to the Jewish religion.
Alpha Rail also supplied 123 linear metres of 1 metre high ‘Bow in Bow’ top railings and 53 linear metres 500 high ‘Bow in Bow’ top railings which were installed as a perimeter boundary to the private cemetery.
Commenting on the project, a spokesperson added, “Alpha Rail has done a fantastic job and we will have no hesitation in using them on a future project. Everyone was delightful and a joy to deal with. The service was very professional throughout and the archway has definitely created the kind of first impression we intended.”
He added, “During installation, we encountered some problems with the brickwork pillars which meant us having to re-schedule delivery. We found Alpha Rail very accommodating and they offered help and assistance whenever they were asked.”
A particular feature of Sephardi cemeteries are the laid flat tombstones. This symbolizes that all are equal in death – rich or poor, high or low.