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Eltham Cemetery and Eltham Crematorium Greenwich
   
Summary: Eltham Cemetery opened in 1935 laid out as a regimented grid of plots with trees planted along the paths and around the boundary. To the south is a more wooded area with numerous mature trees and grassland. In 1956 Eltham Crematorium was added in the eastern section, with a Remembrance Chapel designed as a tiny replica of Liverpool's Roman Catholic Cathedral. To the east is a large landscaped Garden of Remembrance, planted with many trees, shrubs, paths, a pergola walk and lake with small waterfall. A series of Memorial Courts were opened in 1996.
Previous / Other name: Crematorium: Falconwood
Site location: Rochester Way/Crown Woods Way, Eltham
Postcode: SE9 2RF > Google Map
Type of site: Cemetery
Date(s): 1935; 1956
Designer(s): Mr H W Tee, Borough Engineer
Listed structures:
Borough: Greenwich
Site ownership: RB Greenwich (Crematorium jointly owned by RB Greenwich/Bexley/Dartford)
Site management: Parks and Open Spaces
Open to public? Yes
Opening times: Cemetery: April-Sept 9am-7pm; Oct-Mar 9am-4pm. Crematorium Garden/Memorial Courts close 15 min before Cemetery & at 1.45pm Xmas/Boxing/New Year's Days
Special conditions: No dogs except guide dogs
Facilities: Toilets
Events:
Public transport: Rail: Falconwood. Bus: B16.
The information shown above was correct at the time of the last update 01/12/2006
Please check with the site owner or manager for latest news. www.royalgreenwich.gov.uk

Fuller information:

The cemetery was opened in 1935 and was laid out by the Borough Engineer on a flat site with a regimented grid of plots with trees planted along the paths and around the boundary of the site, quite dense conifers along the boundary with Rochester Way. The red-brick chapel is 'tidy brick Gothic without surprises' (Meller), adjacent to which is a small area of rose beds in lawn laid out as a garden of remembrance. Among the memorials is that of a uniformed half-life-size figure of an airman killed in 1938; and others buried here include Major Francis Beech (d.1969), Mayor of the Borough in 1955/56 and MP for West Woolwich in 1943-45; General Ernest Stockley (d.1946) who was decorated in World War I; and Joe Crozier, Scottish International goal keeper. To the south is a more wooded area with numerous mature trees and grassland.

In 1956, the Crematorium was added in the eastern section, with a remembrance chapel designed as a tiny replica of Liverpool's Roman Catholic Cathedral. A large enclosed garden of remembrance is laid out to the east of the buildings, landscaped on undulating ground with many trees, shrubs, paths, a pergola walk and lake with small waterfall, the garden surrounded by brick walling. Either side and halfway along the wide drive from the main entrance gates/lodge and the cemetery chapel are two small 1930s brick pavilions, behind the easterly one is a walled area within which are a number of Memorial Courts, a maze-like series of interconnecting 'rooms' called after plants, which include Azalea, Camellia, Jasmine, Buddleia, Ceanothus etc., which was opened on 18 June 1996 by the Mayors of Greenwich, Bexley and Dartford, the three authorities who own the Crematorium. Paved with York stone and herring brick paths, the courts have pebbles around the perimeter walls, with planters in some areas.

Sources consulted:

Hugh Meller & Brian Parsons, 'London Cemeteries, An Illustrated Guide and Gazetteer', 4th edition (The History Press, 2008)
Grid ref: TQ446750
Size in hectares: 11.21
   
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: Not known
Nature Conservation Area: Yes - south park
Green Belt: No
Metropolitan Open Land: No
Special Policy Area: Yes - Area of Special Character of Metropolitan Importance
Other LA designation: Green Chain
   

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