Willesden Jewish Cemetery

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The Willesden United Synagogue Cemetery, usually known as Willesden Jewish Cemetery, is a cemetery for Jews in Beaconsfield Road, Willesden in the London Borough of Brent. It opened in 1873 on a 20-acre (0.08 km2) site. In 2015 it was awarded a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to restore some key feature of the cemetery and to create a visitor centre, a permanent exhibition and a web-based education project.[1]

Notable burials[edit]

Some of the notable persons interred here include:

War graves and memorial[edit]

There are in the cemetery 33 Commonwealth service war graves from World War I, six of whom form a small group by the Assembly Hall, and 77 from World War II, 22 of them grouped in a war graves plot (Dudley Joel being one of those from the latter war.) In place of a Cross of Sacrifice, a memorial in the form of an obelisk was placed by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission opposite the World War II war graves plot, the first national Jewish war memorial in the UK.[2]

The grave of the opera diva Conchita Supervia is not at this cemetery, but at the neighbouring Liberal Jewish Cemetery in Pound Lane, Willesden. Her tombstone was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens, the world-famous architect.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Historic cemetery to get £2m heritage facelift". The Jewish Chronicle. 5 November 2015. Retrieved 12 November 2015. 
  2. ^ "Willeden Jewish Cemetery". Cemetery details. Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Retrieved 12 November 2015. 

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Coordinates: 51°32′41″N 0°14′24″W / 51.5447°N 0.2399°W / 51.5447; -0.2399