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Greenford Park Cemetery Ealing

Summary

Greenford Park Cemetery was opened as a private cemetery, later taken over by Greenford Council. It was laid out on former farmland on the west side of Brent Valley, with a grid of paths leading to a small chapel in the centre. It was declared open for interments 'at exceptionally low charges' in January 1902; in 1905 it was agreed that Hanwell parishioners could be buried there. The gravestones are set in mown grass, with some ornamental trees and shrubs as well as larger trees including horse chestnut, sycamore, Lombardy poplar and willow.

Basic Details

Site location:
Windmill Lane, Greenford

Postcode:
UB6 9DU ( Google Map)

Type of site:
Cemetery

Date(s):
1901

Designer(s):

Listed structures:
None

Borough:
Ealing

Site ownership:
LB Ealing

Site management:
Cemeteries Office

Open to public?
Yes

Opening times:
8am - weekdays, 9am weekends. Closing: 4.30pm Nov-Feb; 5.30pm Mar, Oct; 7pm Sept, Apr; 8pm May-Aug.

Special conditions:

Facilities:
Toilets

Events:

Public transport:
Rail: Southall/Greenford then bus. Tube: Greenford then bus. Bus: 92, 282, E5.

The information shown above was correct at the time of the last update 01/10/2010
Please check with the site owner or manager for latest news. www.ealing.gov.uk/services/community/births_deaths_marriages/deaths/cemeteries

Further Information

Grid ref:
TQ141815

Size in hectares:
13.46

Green Flag:
No

On EH National Register :
No

EH grade:
None

Site on EH Heritage at Risk list:
No

Registered common or village green on Commons Registration Act 1965:
No

Protected under London Squares Preservation Act 1931:
No

Local Authority Data

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:
No

In Conservation Area:
No

Tree Preservation Order:
Not known

Nature Conservation Area:
Yes - ? Boro Importance I

Green Belt:
No

Metropolitan Open Land:
Yes

Special Policy Area:
No

Other LA designation:
Within Brent River Park Boundary

Fuller information

Greenford Park Cemetery is sited on the western side of Brent Valley, on land which was previously meadow and farmland; it is laid out with a grid of paths leading to a small picturesque brick chapel in the centre. The cemetery was initially opened as a private cemetery, later taken over by Greenford Council. It was declared open for interments 'at exceptionally low charges' in January 1902; in 1905 it was agreed that Hanwell parishioners could be buried there. Hanwell's Burial Board had formed in 1881 and initially used the two private cemeteries on the north and south sides of Uxbridge Road, Hanwell Cemetery (Westminster) and Kensington Hanwell Cemetery (q.q.v.). In 1895 Hanwell UDC was set up and took over responsibility for burial from the Burial Board, and it was decided that making use of the Hanwell Cemeteries was impractical, hence the agreement to use Greenford Park Cemetery. Hanwell, Greenford and Perivale were all absorbed into Ealing Borough Council in 1926.

The generally modest gravestones are set in mown grass, with some ornamental trees and shrubs as well as larger horse chestnut, sycamore, Lombardy poplar and willow. New landscaping has been undertaken in c.2001 by the Council's Parks contractors which include a new garden of rest on the site of former cemetery buildings near the entrance, fenced on 2 sides and having a central lawn surrounded by a path with seating, small timber pergolas, and palms and other planting. Adjacent to this garden is a further area of new landscaping next to a modern brick building on the wall of which is mounted a lion bird bath (?) and trellising. Further east of this off the main drive is a further area of new landscaping in the cemetery's children's section which has timber rustic railing, flower beds and a circular raised pond surrounded with flowers and a central sculpture of dolphin.

Sources consulted:

Meg Game, John Archer, Mathew Frith, 'Nature Conservation in Ealing', Ecology Handbook 16 (London Ecology Unit), 1991, p46; Middlesex County Times 4/1/1902; 28/1/1905; Peter Hounsell, 'Ealing and Hanwell Past' (Historical Publications, 1991) p57

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