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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.
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Site location: Blackshaw Road/Waterside, Summerstown
Postcode: SW17 0BY > Google Map
Type of site: Cemetery
Date(s): 1854
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
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.

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)
Grid ref: TQ266714
Size in hectares: 21.6
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: No
Conservation Area name:
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

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