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 have 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 No Owned and maintained by The Royal Parks Yes
Highgate Cemetery 1839 (East)
1854 (West)
London Borough of Camden, Haringey and Islington N6 No Divided into East and West cemeteries Yes
Kensal Green Cemetery 1833 Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea W10 No 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 designed in the Gothic Revival style Yes

Abbreviations used in the column closed

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

Gallery[edit]

Jewish cemeteries[edit]

There are many Jewish cemeteries in London; they are not included here but some of them are listed at Jewish cemeteries in the London area.

Roman Catholic cemeteries[edit]

Name Date opened Location Postal area Closed Notes Website
St Mary's Roman Catholic Cemetery 1858 London Borough of Brent NW10 No Next to Kensal Green Cemetery and the West London Crematorium
St Patrick's Roman Catholic Cemetery 1861 London Borough of Waltham Forest E11 No

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
Borough Cemetery 1942 London Borough of Richmond upon Thames TW2 No Operated by Hounslow Borough Council
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 Brookwood, Woking, Surrey GU24 No The London Necropolis 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!
Eastern London Cemetery 2017 London Borough of Havering RM13 No The newest cemetery in London. Yes
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
East Sheen Cemetery 1906 London Borough of Richmond upon Thames TW10 No Adjacent to Richmond Cemetery Yes
Great Northern Cemetery 1861 London Borough of Enfield N11 No Now known as New Southgate Cemetery Yes
Greenwich Cemetery 1856 Royal Borough of Greenwich SE9 No
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
Hampton Cemetery 1879 London Borough of Richmond upon Thames TW12 No
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 No Originally began as Lee Cemetery which closed for burial 1878 the remainder of the cemetery is still open for burials Yes
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 (location); London Borough of Lambeth (owner) 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
Mortlake Cemetery 1926 London Borough of Richmond upon Thames (location); London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham (owner) TW9 No Also known as Hammersmith New Cemetery Yes
North Sheen Cemetery 1909 London Borough of Richmond upon Thames (location); London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham (owner) TW9 No Also known as Fulham New Cemetery Yes
Northwood Cemetery 1915 London Borough of Hillingdon HA6 No Yes
Paddington Old Cemetery 1855 London Borough of Brent NW6 No 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 Pancras and Islington Cemetery 1854 London Borough of Barnet N2 No Also known as the Islington and St Pancras Cemetery
Southgate Cemetery 1880 London Borough of Enfield N14 No
Streatham Cemetery 1894 London Borough of Wandsworth (location); London Borough of Lambeth (owner) SW17 Yes Also known as Garratt Lane Cemetery
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
Trent Park Cemetery 1960 London Borough of Islington EN4 No Yes
Upminster Cemetery 1902 London Borough of Havering RM14 No
Vineyard Passage Burial Ground 1790 London Borough of Richmond upon Thames TW10 Yes
Wandsworth Cemetery 1878 London Borough of Wandsworth SW18 No Magdalen Road. Also known as Magdalen Cemetery
West Ham Jewish Cemetery 1857 London Borough of Newham E15 Yes
Willesden New Cemetery 1891 London Borough of Brent NW10 Yes Yes
Woolwich cemetery 1856 Royal Borough of Greenwich SE18 No First ('Old') cemetery opened in 1856; new cemetery opened in 1885
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 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 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 London Borough of Bromley Beckenham Crematorium and Cemetery Also known as Elmer's End Crematorium & Cemetery
City of London Crematorium: New 1971 London Borough of Newham (location); City of London Corporation (owner) City of London Cemetery and Crematorium
City of London Crematorium: Old 1904 London Borough of Newham (location); City of London Corporation (owner) 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 London Borough of Barnet Own grounds
Honor Oak Crematorium 1939 London Borough of Southwark SE23 Camberwell New Cemetery
Mortlake Crematorium 1939 London Borough of Richmond upon Thames TW9 Kew It is Grade II listed, and was the first crematorium in England to be established under its own Act of Parliament'[1] The crematorium serves the London Borough of Ealing, the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham, the London Borough of Hounslow and the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames.
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
St James' Gardens[2] 1788–1853 Euston Station NW1 2RT Excavated remains have been moved to multiple locations Grave of Captain Matthew Flinders discovered.[3]

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.

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "History and the board". Mortlake Crematorium. Retrieved 5 August 2015.
  2. ^ London Cemeteries. "St. James' Gardens". Sue Bailey. Retrieved 25 January 2019.
  3. ^ Esther Addley, Archaeology (24 Jan 2019). "Grave of explorer Matthew Flinders unearthed near London station". The Guardian. Retrieved 25 January 2019.