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Oak Lane Cemetery Richmond
Summary: Land for a new cemetery was granted by Queen Victoria in 1838 when both the churchyard of Twickenham Parish Church of St Mary and its supplementary burial ground at Holly Road, now Holly Road Garden of Rest, were full. However, the new Oak Lane Cemetery itself filled up quickly due to the rapidly expanding population largely due to the coming of the railway to Twickenham; the last burial here was in 1955 and the cemetery was officially closed. Friends of Oak Lane Cemetery was set up and raised funds enabling them to restore paths and provide an information plaque in 2001. Surrounded by housing, the small cemetery is nevertheless a haven for wildlife.
Previous / Other name:
Site location: Oak Lane, Twickenham
Postcode: TW1 > Google Map
Type of site: Cemetery
Date(s): 1838
Listed structures:
Borough: Richmond
Site ownership: Diocese of London and Parish of St Mary the Virgin, Twickenham
Site management: LB Richmond: Environment Planning and Review, Parks and Open Spaces; Friends of Oak Lane Cemetery
Open to public? Yes
Opening times: Mon - Sat: 7.30am - dusk/Sun & Bank Hols: 9am - dusk
Special conditions:
Public transport: Rail: Twickenham. Bus: R70, R68, H22, 290, 490, 33.
The information shown above was correct at the time of the last update 01/04/2012
Please check with the site owner or manager for latest news.

Fuller information:

Among those buried at Oak Lane Cemetery are contemporaries of Nelson and Wellington, as well as the Master of Trinity House and the last Beadle of the Parish, and there are war graves for those who died in WWI. The small cemetery has brick walls and railings either side of the entrance gate onto Oak Lane, just inside of which is a stone plaque referring to Queen Victoria's donation of land. The cemetery is generally separated from the housing by brick walls; it has a simple layout consisting of a central path that has been restored with one side path, and the tombs are set among grass. In places overgrown, there are numerous trees, including conifers, with some new trees planted near the entrance as part of the restoration work.

Sources consulted:

Site history board in cemetery
Grid ref: TQ163735
Size in hectares: 0.6119
On EH National Register : No
EH grade:
Site on EH Heritage at Risk list:
Registered common or village green
on Commons Registration Act 1965:
Protected under London Squares
Preservation Act 1931:
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: Yes
Conservation Area name: CA
Tree Preservation Order: Not known
Nature Conservation Area: No
Green Belt: No
Metropolitan Open Land: No
Special Policy Area: No
Other LA designation: Open Land of Townscape Importance

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