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Chadwell Heath Cemetery

Chadwell Heath Cemetery with Chapel, January 2000. Photo: S Williams

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Chadwell Heath Cemetery opened in 1934, provided by Dagenham UDC, with the first burial recorded on 1 June. At that time the area either side of Whalebone Lane was rural and initially only the eastern part of the cemetery was laid out with paths, open land remaining to the west. From the entrance a short drive led to the Mortuary Chapel from where a formal layout of paths radiated, with yews planted along the 'spokes'. Further paths formed a semi-circle with the chapel on its eastern edge, the circle completed when the burial ground was extended to the west. The cemetery has been further extended, most recently to the north.
Chadwell Heath Cemetery, January 2000. Photo: S Williams
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Chadwell Heath Cemetery, January 2000. Photo: S Williams
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Chadwell Heath Cemetery, Garden of Rest, January 2000. Photo: S Williams
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Chadwell Heath Cemetery, towards western boundary, January 2000. Photo: S Williams
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Previous / Other name: Marks Gate Cemetery
Site location: Whalebone Lane North, Dagenham, Essex
Postcode: RM6 5LD > Google Map
Type of site: Cemetery
Date(s): 1934
Designer(s): Borough Engineer, Thomas Philip Francis
Listed structures:
Borough: Barking & Dagenham
Site ownership: LB Barking & Dagenham
Site management: Cemeteries Office
Open to public? Yes
Opening times: 1 Oct-31 Mar:10am-4.30pm M-F/10am-4pm Sat, Sun, BH; 1 Apr-30 Sept:10am-7pm M-F/10am-6pm Sat, Sun, BH.
Special conditions:
Facilities: Toilets
Events:
Public transport: Rail: Chadwell Heath then bus + walk. Bus: 62, 296 (then walk)
Chadwell Heath Cemetery, January 2000. Photo: S Williams
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Chadwell Heath Cemetery, January 2000. Photo: S Williams
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Chadwell Heath Cemetery, Garden of Rest, January 2000. Photo: S Williams
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Chadwell Heath Cemetery, towards western boundary, January 2000. Photo: S Williams
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The information shown above was correct at the time of the last update 01/09/2008
Please check with the site owner or manager for latest news. www.barking-dagenham.gov.uk

Fuller information:

The cemetery was established by Dagenham Urban District Council and opened in 1934, with the first burial recorded on 1 June that year. At that time it was an isolated location and most of the surrounding area was in agricultural use either side of Whalebone Lane with a few properties shown on C19th maps whose names persist today, such as Warren, Roselane and Padnall Farms. A few houses clustered at Marks Gate to the north including Furze House and Furze Cottage, and to the south was the moated site of Marks Hall. Initially only the eastern part of the cemetery adjacent to Whalebone Lane was laid out, the remainder at that time was still fields. From the entrance a short drive leads to the Mortuary Chapel, from where a formal layout of paths radiates, with yews planted along the 'spokes'. Further paths formed a semi-circle with the chapel on its eastern edge, the circle completed when the burial ground was extended over land to the west.

The cemetery was laid out by the Borough Engineer and Surveyor Thomas Philip Francis, whose chapel is a rather austere red brick building with stone cladding, its Art Deco style echoed in the entrance gate with piers and an iron screen to the road. The OS of 1939 shows 3 drinking fountains. The cemetery was extended to the west by the 1960s and an area to the north was developed c. 2008 to provide new burial space after the cemetery became full and unable to accommodate new burials. There is a war memorial to the north, a children's section and a Garden of Rest for cremated remains in the south east.

Sources consulted:

James Howson 'A Brief History of Barking & Dagenham' (LBBD Libraries Dept, 6th ed 1990); Hugh Meller & Brian Parsons, 'London Cemeteries, An Illustrated Guide and Gazetteer' 4th edition (The History Press), 2008
Grid ref: TQ484896
Size in hectares:
   
On EH National Register : No
EH grade:
Site on EH Heritage at Risk list:
Registered common or village green
on Commons Registration Act 1965:
No
Protected under London Squares
Preservation Act 1931:
No
 
The information below is taken from the relevant Local Authority's planning legislation, which was correct at the time of research but may have been amended in the interim. Please check with the Local Authority for latest planning information.
On Local List:
In Conservation Area: No
Conservation Area name:
Tree Preservation Order: No
Nature Conservation Area: No
Green Belt: Yes
Metropolitan Open Land: No
Special Policy Area: No
Other LA designation:
   

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