List of cemeteries in London

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Tombs at Brompton Cemetery, one of seven large cemeteries established in London in the 1830s and 1840s

There are a number of cemeteries in Greater London. Among them are the Magnificent Seven, seven large Victorian-era cemeteries. There are also a number of crematoria. A number of cemeteries have listed buildings or structures, or has been placed on the National Register of Historic Parks and Gardens by English Heritage. Others have secured Green Heritage Site accreditation or may be on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

'The Magnificent Seven'[edit]

The Magnificent Seven cemeteries were the first commercial cemeteries constructed around the outskirts of London. They are all of special historical value and are on the English Heritage lists.

Name Date opened London Borough Postal area Closed Remarks "Friends"
Abney Park Cemetery
1840
London Borough of Hackney
N16
Yes
It became the main burial place of English nonconformists when Bunhill Fields closed
Yes
Brompton Cemetery
1840
Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
SW10
Yes
Owned and maintained by the Royal Park Service
Yes
Highgate Cemetery
1839 (East)
1854 (West)
London Borough of Camden, Haringey and Islington
N6
Divided into East and West cemeteries
Yes
Kensal Green Cemetery
1833
London Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
W10
Also known as the General Cemetery of All Souls. The oldest of the Magnificent Seven and still in operation.
Yes
Nunhead Cemetery
1840
London Borough of Southwark
SE15
Yes
Also known as "Cemetery of all Saints"
Yes
Tower Hamlets Cemetery
1841
London Borough of Tower Hamlets
E3
Yes
Also known as Bow Cemetery. Closed in 1966
Yes
West Norwood Cemetery
1837
London Borough of Lambeth
SE27
CF
Originally known as the South Metropolitan Cemetery. The first cemetery in the world to use the Gothic style.
Yes

Abbreviations used in the column closed

C = Still used for cremations
F = Burial in family plots is still possible

Gallery[edit]

General cemeteries[edit]

Name Date opened Location Postal area Closed Notes Website
Barnes Cemetery
1854
London Borough of Richmond
SW13
Yes
Also known as Barnes Common Cemetery
-
Beckenham Cemetery
1877
London Borough of Bromley
BR3
Yes
Also known as Elmers End or Crystal Palace District Cemetery
-
Bell's Hill Burial Ground
1895
London Borough of Barnet
EN5
Yes
Also known as Chipping Barnet Cemetery
-
Brockley and Ladywell Cemeteries
1858
London Borough of Lewisham
SE4
No!
Originally Deptford and Ladywell cemeteries. Examples of the first wave of Victorian municipal cemeteries.
Yes
Brookwood Cemetery
1852
The London Necropolis
GU24
No
Located in Brookwood, Woking, Surrey
Yes
Bunhill Fields
1665
London Borough of Islington
EC1
Yes
Closed in 1854.
-
Camberwell New Cemetery
1927
London Borough of Southwark
SE22
No
Yes
Camberwell Old Cemetery
1855
London Borough of Southwark
SE22
No
Yes
Charlton Cemetery
1855
Royal Borough of Greenwich
SE7
No
-
City of London Cemetery
1856
London Borough of Newham
E12
No!
-
East Finchley Cemetery
1854
London Borough of Barnet
N2
No!
Also known as St Marylebone Cemetery. Space is available but limited
-
East London Cemetery
1872
London Borough of Newham
E13
No
-
Golders Green Jewish Cemetery
1895
London Borough of Barnet
NW11
Yes
Also known as Hoop Lane Jewish Cemetery
-
Great Northern Cemetery
1861
London Borough of Enfield
N11
No
Now known as New Southgate Cemetery
Yes
Grove Park Cemetery
1935
London Borough of Lewisham
SE12
No
Listed by English Heritage as a landscape of special historic interest.
-
Gunnersbury Cemetery
1929
Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
W3
No
Also known as Kensington Cemetery
Yes
Hampstead Cemetery
1876
London Borough of Camden
NW6
Yes
Cremated remains can still be buried
Yes
Hanwell Cemetery
1854
London Borough of Ealing
W7
No
Also known as (City of) Westminster Cemetery (not to be confused with the Kensington Hanwell Cemetery).
-
Hither Green Cemetery
1873
London Borough of Lewisham
SE6
Yes
Closed in 1878. Formerly Lee Cemetery, significant as a nature reserve
-
Isleworth Cemetery
1879
London Borough of Hounslow
TW7
Yes
-
Kemnal Park Cemetery & Memorial Gardens
2013
London Borough of Bromley
BR7
No
Yes
Kensington Hanwell Cemetery
1855
London Borough of Ealing
W7
Yes
Also known as the Old Kensington Cemetery (not to be confused with the City of Westminster Cemetery, Hanwell).
Yes
Lambeth Cemetery
1854
London Borough of Wandsworth
SW17
Yes
-
Margravine Cemetery
1869
London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham
W6
Yes
Formerly known as Hammersmith Cemetery; Hammersmith Old Cemetery; Margravine Road Cemetery
Yes
Mitcham Road Cemetery
1897
London Borough of Croydon
CR0
No
Formerly Croydon Cemetery
Yes
Paddington Cemetery
1855
London Borough of Brent
NW6
No
Also known as Paddington Old Cemetery
Yes
Putney Old Burial Ground
1763
London Borough of Wandsworth
SW15
Yes
Upper Richmond Road. Closed 1854.
-
Putney Vale Cemetery
1891
London Borough of Wandsworth
SW15
No
-
Queen's Road Cemetery
1861
London Borough of Croydon
CR0
No
Yes
Richmond Cemetery
1839
London Borough of Richmond upon Thames
TW10
No
Next to East Sheen Cemetery
Yes
St Mary's Cemetery
1860
London Borough of Wandsworth
SW11
Yes
Formerly Battersea St Mary's Cemetery; Battersea Rise Cemetery
Yes
St Mary's Roman Catholic Cemetery
1858
London Borough of Brent
NW10
No
Next to Kensal Green Cemetery and the West London Crematorium
-
St Pancras and Islington Cemetery
1854
London Borough of Barnet
N2
No
Also known as the Islington and St Pancras Cemetery
-
St Patrick's Roman Catholic Cemetery
1861
London Borough of Waltham Forest
E11
No
-
Teddington Cemetery
1879
London Borough of Richmond upon Thames
TW11
No
Typical Victorian cemetery. Listed by English Heritage as a landscape of special historic interest.
Yes
West Ham Jewish Cemetery
1857
London Borough of Newham
E15
Yes
-
Willesden Jewish Cemetery
1873
London Borough of Brent
NW10
Yes
F
-
No! = Cemetery is approaching capacity

Other burial grounds[edit]

Name Notes
Huguenot Burial Ground Now a public park and no longer regarded as a cemetery. Part of the Huguenot history of Wandsworth.
Moravian Burial Ground Not a traditional cemetery.
Royal Burial Ground Located at Frogmore, not considered a "regular" cemetery (and strictly speaking not in London).
Royal Hospital Chelsea Burial Ground Part of the Royal Hospital Chelsea. Many monuments for Chelsea pensioners.
Royal Hospital Greenwich Cemetery Part of the Royal Naval Hospital; in 1847 East Greenwich Pleasaunce was opened as the Hospital's graveyard, with remains being disinterred from the original Hospital graveyard in 1875 to allow for railway construction. The graveyard is now a public park.
St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle As a Royal Peculiar it is not considered a "regular" cemetery (and strictly speaking is not in London).
St Paul's Cathedral Burials and memorials are not considered a "regular" cemetery.
Westminster Abbey As a Royal Peculiar it is not considered a "regular" cemetery.

Crematoria[edit]

Name Date opened London Borough Postal area Location Remarks
Beckenham Crematorium
1956
tbc Beckenham Crematorium and Cemetery Also known as Elmer's End Crematorium & Cemetery.
City of London Crematorium: New
1971
City of London Cemetery and Crematorium
City of London Crematorium: Old
1904
City of London Cemetery and Crematorium Superseded 1971. Now only used as a chapel
Croydon Crematorium
1937
London Borough of Croydon
CR0
Mitcham Road Cemetery
Golders Green Crematorium
1902
London Borough of Barnet
NW11
Own grounds
Honor Oak Crematorium
1939
London Borough of Southwark
SE23
Camberwell New Cemetery
West Norwood Crematorium
1915
London Borough of Lambeth
SE27
West Norwood Cemetery

Former cemeteries[edit]

Many of these cemeteries were former graveyards and carry the name of the church they belonged to.

Name of the cemetery Period in service Location Postal area Remains moved to M* Remarks
Cross Bones Graveyard
 ????-1853
Redcross Way
SE1
M
Also known as the Halloween Graveyard
Enon Chapel
1823-1842
St. Clement's Lane
WC2
West Norwood Cemetery
 ?
Later renamed Clare Market Chapel
St Benet Gracechurch
1181-1868
Gracechurch Street
EC3M
City of London Cemetery and Crematorium
M
Also known as Grass Church

M*, if a memorial or something similar was erected to commemorate the former burial ground or cemetery

? = Unknown
D = Disappeared
M = Memorial in the relocation site
P = Memorial plaque near or on the former site


See also[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • Beach, Darren, London's Cemeteries (2006), Metro Guides, 231p, ISBN 978-1-902910-23-9.
  • Meller, Hugh & Brian Parsons, London Cemeteries: an illustrated guide and gazetteer (2008), Fourth Edition, The History Press, 416p, ISBN 978-0-7509-4622-3.

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