The chapel, Teddington Cemetery
|Owned by||Richmond upon Thames Council|
|Size||5.7 hectares (14 acres)|
|Website||Official website: Teddington Cemetery|
|Find a Grave||Teddington Cemetery|
|Official name||Teddington Cemetery|
|Designated||3 August 2001|
Teddington Cemetery is a Grade II listed municipal cemetery in the north of Teddington in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. Opened in 1879 it has many tall, eclectic trees and its nucleus was the outcome of a competition for designs by Richmond Burial Board.
Richmond Burial Board origins
Using the 1852 Burial Act, Richmond was enabled to form a burial board, and to buy and let out new burial grounds. In 1877 it bought the first parcel of land, a former orchard, of c. 1.6 hectares (4.0 acres) in the south-west from Mr Travers Smith. A competition was announced to design the layout of the burial ground, with a first prize of 15 guineas (equivalent to £1,000 in 2019) and a second prize of 5 guineas
Landscaping and plants
The park has mature trees, some pre-dating 1880. The whole of the old cemetery is covered with mature trees such as cedar, weeping beech, holly, yew, cypresses, giant redwood, and a fine large monkey puzzle. Several cherry trees, probably the remains of the former orchard, are scattered in the lawns of the cemetery.
Most of the small roundabouts are planted with single cypresses surrounded by heather and lawn, as is the junction of the main and central east/west axes north of the chapels. The south-west has been partially cleared. The main path gives a view north to the two chapels, planted with a semi-mature deodar cedar to each side. Among southern trees and shrubbery is the ornate medieval style (neo-Gothic) mortuary of 1879.
The former western limit remains lined by trees. The perimeter path, lined with trees, was extended westwards by two paths linking the zone to the north-west added in c. 1950.
The chapels, designed by T Goodchild in the Decorated Style, have crocketed spires linked by a great entrance arch. Built in 1878, their main material is dark honey-coloured Bargate ragstone with Bathstone dressings.
- Neil Aspinall (1941–2008), former head of The Beatles' company Apple Corps
- R D Blackmore (1825–1900), author, whose novels included Lorna Doone
- John Sleeper Clarke (1833–1899), American comedian and actor, who lived in London from 1867
- Francis de Havilland Hall (1847–1929), physician, surgeon, and laryngologist
- Kenneth MacDonald (1950–2001), who played the character of Mike Fisher in the BBC television sit-com Only Fools and Horses
- James Messenger (1826–1901), who lived in Teddington and was the professional single sculls world champion from 1854 to 1857. He served as the Queen's Bargemaster from 1862 to 1901. At the time, he became the Champion of the Thames which was effectively the English Sculling Championship. After the English title gained the world status in 1876, earlier winners were retrospectively given the world champion title. In 1862 he won the famed Doggett's Coat and Badge race on The Thames.
- Robert John Tozer (1813–1892), one of the founders of Christ Church in Teddington. He laid the keystone of the chapels in Teddington Cemetery.
- John Walter (1738–1812), founder of The Times
Notes and references
- Historic England (3 August 2001). "Teddington Cemetery (1001547)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 28 September 2016.
- "Teddington Cemetery". Cemeteries. London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. Retrieved 8 August 2015.
- "Teddington Cemetery". Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Retrieved 16 April 2016. Breakdown obtained from casualty record.
- Sheaf J and Howe K. Hampton and Teddington Past, Historical Publications Ltd, 1975. ISBN 978-0948667251
- Singh, Anita (8 April 2008). "Yoko Ono and Stella McCartney attend 'fifth Beatle' Neil Aspinall's funeral". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 8 August 2015.
- "People of historical note buried in the borough A to L". Local Studies Library. London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. 26 November 2014. Retrieved 8 August 2015.
- TQ1571: Shacklegate Lane cemetery, Teddington from geograph.org.uk
- "John Sleeper Clarke Buried". The New York Times. 29 September 1899.
- "Obituary. F. de Havilland Hall, M.D. F.R.C.P." Br Med J. 1 (3553): 271–272. 9 February 1929. doi:10.1136/bmj.1.3553.271-d. PMC 2449943. page 271 page 272
- "Burial Registers Search: London Borough of Richmond on Thames". Retrieved 1 August 2010.
- "People of historical note buried in the borough M to Z". Local Studies Library. London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. 21 June 2017. Retrieved 7 July 2020.
- "Teddington Cemetery". London Gardens Online. London Parks & Gardens Trust. Retrieved 12 June 2016.