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Hornchurch Cemetery Havering

Summary

Hornchurch Cemetery was opened by Hornchurch UDC in 1932 and has been enlarged several times since. The northern and eastern sections abut the churchyard of Hornchuch parish church of St Andrew where the majority of funeral services took place. The cemetery contains utilitarian monuments and a war memorial, and is sparsely planted although the southern section has some mature trees. It contains a separate burial ground for members of the Armed Forces, recalling the RAF Station based at Hornchurch from 1915. Between the cemetery and churchyard is The Dell, since 1965 an electricity substation but which was previously a site popular for fairs and other recreational events including prize fights.

Basic Details

Site location:
High Street, Hornchurch

Postcode:
RM12 6JH ( Google Map)

Type of site:
Cemetery

Date(s):
1932

Designer(s):

Listed structures:
None

Borough:
Havering

Site ownership:
LB Havering

Site management:
South Essex Crematorium

Open to public?
Yes

Opening times:
daily April to October 9am - 7pm; November to March 9am - 4pm

Special conditions:

Facilities:
Toilet

Events:

Public transport:
Tube: Upminster Bridge/Hornchurch (District). Bus: 248, 348, 370, 373

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.havering.gov.uk

Further Information

Grid ref:
TQ542867

Size in hectares:
c.3.645

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:
Yes

In Conservation Area:
Yes

Conservation Area name:
St Andrew's

Tree Preservation Order:
Not known

Nature Conservation Area:
Yes - local importance with The Dell

Green Belt:
No

Metropolitan Open Land:
No

Special Policy Area:
No

Other LA designation:
None

Fuller information

Hornchurch Cemetery was opened by Hornchurch Urban District Council in 1932 since when it has been enlarged several times. A notable feature of the cemetery that was referred to in 1970, was the ‘extremely well-maintained Service Station’. The northern and eastern sections of the cemetery abut the churchyard of St Andrew’s Church (q.v.) where the majority of funeral services took place since there was no chapel in the cemetery. The cemetery contains utilitarian monuments and a war memorial and is sparsely planted with flowering cherry and shrubs. The southern section has some mature trees, and this is where the separate burial ground for members of the armed forces is situated. This recalls the RAF Station at Hornchurch dating from 1915 when the military airfield opened to defend London from Zeppelins on land once mostly part of Hornchurch Priory, which is now Hornchurch Country Park (q.v.). Between the cemetery and churchyard is The Dell, since 1965 an electricity substation but which was previously a site popular for fairs and other recreational events including prize fights.

Sources consulted:

LB Havering Recreation and Amenities Brochure, 1970; 'Hornchurch's Heritage', LB Havering, p3

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