|Royal Hospital Old Burial Ground *||Kensington & Chelsea|
* on The National Heritage List for England, Parks & Gardens
Cemetery within the grounds of the Royal Hospital that served the pensioners residing there. It accommodated some 10,000 burials between its consecration in 1691 and closure in 1854/5 since pensioners were not normally given a headstone and the ground was re-used. There are some fine monuments including a number from the C18th.
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Royal Hospital Chelsea: Site on The National Heritage List for England, Parks & Gardens, for Register Entry see https://www.historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list
The Old Burial Ground was consecrated in August 1691 and has accommodated some 10,000 bodies, for the pensioners were not normally given a headstone and the ground was used and re-used. Among those buried here were William Cheselden, pioneer of modern surgery, and Dr Burney, who was Organist at the Royal Hospital from 1783-1814 and author of 'General History of Music', but better known as father of the novelist Fanny Burney. The cemetery closed for burials in 1854/5 and from 1855-1893 a plot in Brompton Cemetery (q.v.) was used, until a portion of Brookwood Cemetery was acquired that is still used for Royal Hospital Pensioners. The Old Burial Ground has table tombs, headstones and slabs, some dating from the C18th and handsomely carved, and it is an important military cemetery.
'The Royal Hospital Chelsea' guidebook 2002; Hugh Meller & Brian Parsons, 'London Cemeteries, An Illustrated Guide and Gazetteer', 4th edition (The History Press, 2008). See EH Register