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Putney Vale Cemetery and Crematorium * Wandsworth


* on The National Heritage List for England, Parks & Gardens

Putney Vale Cemetery was established on former farmland in 1887 when Putney Cemetery was full. The cemetery was laid out by Wandsworth Borough Council Surveyor, who also designed the cemetery chapels and lodge. Planting was carried out by J Melady & Sons of Barnes. It opened in 1891 and was later extended in 1909 and 1912. One of the chapels was converted to a Crematorium in 1938 by E J Elford, who also designed the Garden of Remembrance, laid out in 1935-38. The SANDS (Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Society) memorial garden was created 1996. The catacomb range was built in 2003.

Basic Details

Site location:
Kingston Road/Stag Lane, Kingston Vale

SW15 3DZ ( Google Map)

Type of site:

1891; 1909-1912; 1935-8; 1970s

J C Radford, planting by J Melady & Son, Barnes

Listed structures:
LBII: Gates, piers and railings on Kingston Road; Gordon Mausoleum; Edwin Tate Mausoleum; Sainsbury Mausoleum


Site ownership:
LB Wandsworth

Site management:
Central Cemeteries Office

Open to public?

Opening times:
Nov-Feb: Mon-Sat 8am-4pm/Sun 10am-4pm; Mar/Oct: closure at 5pm; April/Sept: closure at 6pm; May - August closure at 7pm. Christmas Day 10am-1pm

Special conditions:

toilets, car park


Public transport:
Tube: Putney Bridge (District) then bus. Rail: Kingston then bus. Bus: 85, 265, 485

The information shown above was correct at the time of the last update 01/05/2005
Please check with the site owner or manager for latest news.

Further Information

Grid ref:

Size in hectares:

Green Flag:

On EH National Register :

EH grade:
Grade II

Site on EH Heritage at Risk list:

Registered common or village green on Commons Registration Act 1965:

Protected under London Squares Preservation Act 1931:

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:

In Conservation Area:

Tree Preservation Order:
Not known

Nature Conservation Area:
Yes - Borough Importance II

Green Belt:

Metropolitan Open Land:

Special Policy Area:

Other LA designation:
Public Open Space/Cemetery. Historic Parks and Gardens

Fuller information

Site on The National Heritage List for England, Parks & Gardens, for Register Entry see

There are a number of notable monuments in Putney Vale Cemetery, including the symbolist monument of Emma Vickery (d.1922) and the tomb of Bruce Ismay (1937), ship owner and Chairman of the White Star Line, whose monument features shipping scenes. Famous people buried here include Howard Carter (d.1939), the archaeologist who discovered the tomb of Tutankhamen in 1922; Vesta Tilley (d.1952), music hall male impersonator known as 'Burlington Bertie'; the sculptor Sir Jacob Epstein (d.1959) and the novelist Ivy Compton Burnett (d.1969). Among the notable people cremated here are the former Prime Minister Clement Attlee (d.1967) and the wife of Sir Winston Churchill, Clementine Churchill (d.1977).

Sources consulted:

Hugh Meller & Brian Parsons, 'London Cemeteries, An Illustrated Guide and Gazetteer', 4th edition (The History Press, 2008)

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