East Finchley Cemetery
History and characteristics
The St Marylebone Burial Board purchased 47 acres (0.19 km2) of Newmarket Farm in 1854; and the cemetery, then known as St Marylebone Cemetery, was laid out by architects Barnet & Brick Ltd. the following year with an Anglican Grade II listed chapel. Principal features are two Lebanon Cedar trees planted on the front lawn. The crematorium was opened in 1937.
Due to local government reorganisation, the cemetery was managed by the Metropolitan Borough of St Marylebone – from 1900; and became the responsibility of the City of Westminster in 1965, when the cemetery became known by its current name. The cemetery contains about 22,000 interments; and remains open for burials.
The cemetery became a point of controversy in the early nineties when the then Leader of Westminster City Council and Councillor Hartley wanted the Cemetery to be sold. The cemetery also included a considerable amount of land being used at the time for plant propagation for horticultural use throughout the City of Westminster; it also provided housing for the Cemetery Keeper. After much political argument at Council Meetings and against the advice of the Chief Officers concerned, the Cemetery was sold for three pence.
Within a short period of time the cemetery was then sold by a Westminster estate agent for one million pounds. It was then sold on to an off-shore company for three million pounds. How the management of burials came back to W.C.C. is not known.
- Melanie Appleby – one half of pop duo Mel and Kim
- Sir Henry Bishop – Professor of Music at Oxford and operatic composer
- Keith Blakelock – Police Constable murdered in Tottenham riot
- Algernon Borthwick, 1st Baron Glenesk – Memorial chapel and Mausoleum
- Sir Austen Chamberlain – Foreign Secretary, recipient of Nobel Peace Prize, son of Joseph Chamberlain and brother of Neville Chamberlain
- Harry Champion – Music Hall Singer
- Robert Donat – Actor
- Matthew Garber – Actor
- William Gowland - Engineer and archaeologist who for many years lived in Japan
- Alfred Harmsworth, 1st Viscount Northcliffe – Founder of the Daily Mail
- Sir Robert Harmsworth – Newspaper Publisher with a memorial by Edwin Lutyens
- Harold Harrison - England rugby union international
- Sir George Hayter – Queen Victoria’s principal painter in ordinary
- Thomas Henry Huxley – Scientist
- Heath Robinson – Artist and cartoonist
- Gaynor Rowlands – Actress and Singer
- Thomas Stevens – Cyclist, the first one to circle the globe by bicycle
- Henry Charles Stephens – Ink magnate, philanthropist and local MP
- Marie Studholme – Actress and Singer
- Leopold Stokowski – Conductor
- William Bernhardt Tegetmeier - English naturalist, bee keeper and friend of Charles Darwin
- Little Tich – Music Hall singer and dancer.
- George Walters – Sergeant in the 49th Foot who won the Victoria Cross at the Battle of Inkermann in 1854
There are 75 Commonwealth service war burials of World War I in the cemetery, most in the War Graves plot in the cemetery's north-west corner that was set aside for military burials in 1916, and 79 of World War II (including two unidentified British soldiers). A Screen Wall memorial, behind the Cross of Sacrifice, records the names of the 20 Second World War casualties who were cremated at the St Marylebone Crematorium. There are also special memorials to eight World War I servicemen whose graves could not be marked by headstones.
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