Bell's Hill Burial Ground

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Bell's Hill Burial Ground is a 3.3 hectare cemetery and Site of Local Importance for Nature Conservation[1][2] in the Parish of Chipping Barnet in the London Borough of Barnet. It was opened in 1895 and closed in 2005 when it became full. In 2006 control was passed to Barnet Council.[3][4]

The north-eastern end has older monuments and is wooded with mature cedar and yew trees. Wildflowers include common knapweed and lady's bedstraw, while brambles and roses climb the tombs in wilder areas. The burial ground is a very good site for butterflies, such as gatekeeper, small skipper and meadow brown. The south-western area is more managed with mown grass, and some graves have flowers.[1][5]

The burial ground has twenty war graves from World War I and twenty-four from World War II.[6][7]

There is access from Spring Close.

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Bell's Hill Burial Ground". Greenspace Information for Greater London. 2006. Retrieved 9 September 2012. 
  2. ^ "iGiGL – helping you find London’s parks and wildlife sites". Greenspace Information for Greater London. 2006. 
  3. ^ Lawrence Marzouk (24 June 2006). "State of cemetery is 'heartbreaking'". Your Local Guardian. Retrieved 9 September 2012. 
  4. ^ "Chipping Barnet". The Church of England. Retrieved 9 September 2012. 
  5. ^ "Bells Hill Burial Ground". London Gardens Online. Retrieved 9 September 2012. 
  6. ^ "Commonwealth War Graves Bells Hill Burial Ground". ww2museums.com. Retrieved 9 September 2012. 
  7. ^ CWGC: Bell's Hill Burial Ground

Further reading[edit]

  • Hewlett, Janet (1997). Nature Conservation in Barnet. London Ecology Unit. ISBN 1 871045 27 4. 

Coordinates: 51°38′56″N 0°12′54″W / 51.649°N 0.215°W / 51.649; -0.215