Teddington Cemetery

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Teddington Cemetery
The Chapel, Teddington Cemetery, London.jpg
The chapel, Teddington Cemetery
Established1879; 143 years ago (1879)
Coordinates51°26′00″N 0°20′30″W / 51.4334°N 0.3418°W / 51.4334; -0.3418Coordinates: 51°26′00″N 0°20′30″W / 51.4334°N 0.3418°W / 51.4334; -0.3418
StyleWooded, tree-lined
Owned byRichmond upon Thames Council
Size5.7 hectares (14 acres)
WebsiteOfficial website: Teddington Cemetery
Find a GraveTeddington Cemetery
Official nameTeddington Cemetery
TypeGrade II
Designated3 August 2001; 21 years ago (2001-08-03)
Reference no.1001547

Teddington Cemetery is a Grade II listed[1] 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.[2]

It includes the war graves of 70 Commonwealth service personnel, 42 from World War I and 28 from World War II.[3]

Above ground[edit]

Richmond Burial Board origins[edit]

Using the 1852 Burial Act, Richmond was enabled to form a burial board, and to buy and let out new burial grounds.[4] 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.[4] A competition was announced to design the layout of the burial ground, with a first prize of 15 guineas (equivalent to £2,000 in 2021) and a second prize of 5 guineas[4]

Landscaping and plants[edit]

The cemetery has many mature trees, some of them pre-dating the creation of the cemetery, 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.[1]

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.[1]

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.[1]

Paired chapels[edit]

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.[1]

Notable burials[edit]

Blackmore family grave in Teddington Cemetery
World champion sculler James Messenger, who is buried at the cemetery

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Historic England (3 August 2001). "Teddington Cemetery (1001547)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 28 September 2016.
  2. ^ "Teddington Cemetery". Cemeteries. London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. Retrieved 8 August 2015.
  3. ^ "Teddington Cemetery". Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Retrieved 16 April 2016. Breakdown obtained from casualty record.
  4. ^ a b c Sheaf J and Howe K. Hampton and Teddington Past, Historical Publications Ltd, 1975. ISBN 978-0948667251
  5. ^ Singh, Anita (8 April 2008). "Yoko Ono and Stella McCartney attend 'fifth Beatle' Neil Aspinall's funeral". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 8 August 2015.
  6. ^ "People of historical note buried in the borough A to L". Local Studies Library. London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. 21 June 2017. Retrieved 22 July 2021.
  7. ^ TQ1571: Shacklegate Lane cemetery, Teddington from geograph.org.uk
  8. ^ "John Sleeper Clarke Buried". The New York Times. 29 September 1899.
  9. ^ "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
  10. ^ "Burial Registers Search: London Borough of Richmond on Thames". Retrieved 1 August 2010.
  11. ^ a b "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.

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