Charlton cemetery

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Charlton cemetery, with grave to Admiral Sir Watkin Owen Pell in the foreground.

Charlton cemetery is a cemetery, opened in 1855, covering 15 acres of ground in Charlton, south-east London. Situated in Cemetery Lane to the east of Charlton Park, the cemetery has retained its Victorian layout, and features two 19th-century chapels and numerous military graves.[1]

It was originally created as a "Gentleman's Cemetery" by Charlton Burial Board on eight acres of land that were formerly part of the estate of Sir Thomas Maryon Wilson. A further seven acres was added in the 20th century. The two chapels are both 19th-century: the Church of England chapel is Early English style and has a stained glass west window (showing the Entombment) presented in 1865 by the local vicar; the Roman Catholic Chapel is in Decorated style.[2]


Peter Barlow FRS – gravestone in Charlton cemetery, London SE7
Memorial to William Clark Cowie, in Charlton cemetery

The graves and memorials include:

The cemetery also contains the marked graves of 56 Commonwealth service personnel from the First World War (plus a memorial to two sailors and two soldiers in unmarked graves), and a further 55 from the Second World War. A War Cross faces the entrance to the cemetery.[4]


  1. ^ "Royal Borough of Greenwich – London". Deceased Online. Retrieved 30 January 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Charlton Cemetery". London Gardens Online. Archived from the original on 1 February 2014. Retrieved 31 January 2014.
  3. ^ F. M. L. Thompson (3 January 2008). "Wilson, Sir Thomas Maryon, eighth baronet (1800–1869)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/50157. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  4. ^ "Charlton Cemetery, Greenwich". Find A Cemetery. Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Retrieved 31 January 2014.

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Coordinates: 51°28′52″N 0°02′58″E / 51.4810°N 0.0494°E / 51.4810; 0.0494