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Lambeth Cemetery and Crematorium Wandsworth

Summary

Lambeth Cemetery was established as additional burial space for the parish of St Mary Lambeth in 1853/4, 12 hectares having been purchased from Samuel Martin of Garratt Lane. The cemetery was laid out on a grid pattern, with brick gothic lodges and chapels designed by Frederick K Wehnert and John Ashdown. The cost of land, layout and buildings amounted to £21,500. In 1874 the Burial Board acquired a further c.4.45 hectares as the need for additional space grew and by 1889 there had been over 109,000 burials here. The Crematorium was added in the 1970s towards the north of the cemetery.

Basic Details

Site location:
Blackshaw Road/Waterside, Summerstown

Postcode:
SW17 0BY ( Google Map)

Type of site:
Cemetery

Date(s):
1854

Designer(s):

Listed structures:
Local list: Lodges, Mortuary Chapels

Borough:
Wandsworth

Site ownership:
LB Lambeth

Site management:
Environment Directorate, Cemeteries.

Open to public?
Yes

Opening times:
Weekdays: 8am - 6pm (April-October)/ - 4pm (November-March). Weekends/Bank Holidays 10am - 6pm (April-October)/ - 4pm (November-March)

Special conditions:
no dogs

Facilities:
Toilets

Events:

Public transport:
Tube: Tooting Broadway (Northern). Rail: Haydons Road. Bus: 155, 280

The information shown above was correct at the time of the last update 01/11/2004
Please check with the site owner or manager for latest news. www.lambeth.gov.uk

Further Information

Grid ref:
TQ266714

Size in hectares:
21.6

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:
No

Nature Conservation Area:
Yes - Borough Importance II

Green Belt:
No

Metropolitan Open Land:
Yes

Special Policy Area:
Yes - Archaeological Priority Area (west side)

Other LA designation:
Public Open Space/Cemetery

Fuller information

Today the cemetery has well-landscaped areas, paths, trees and grass as well as areas densely packed with graves. Among those buried here are George Galvin, otherwise known as Dan Leno (d.1903), the well known music hall performer; equestrian Thomas Allen (d.1898) whose monument features a riderless horse; and a fine black marble and slate monument for the Smith family, dating from 1932. To the north of the cemetery Summerstown Evangelical Church was built in 1883.

Sources consulted:

Bridget Cherry & Nikolaus Pevsner, The Buildings of England: London 2: South (Penguin) 1999; Hugh Meller & Brian Parsons, 'London Cemeteries, An Illustrated Guide and Gazetteer', 4th edition (The History Press, 2008)

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