Plumstead Cemetery, London, England
Record Id: 7260
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Brief description of site
The cemetery has a dramatic gateway with lodges at the entrance and a driveway leads up the hill to the chapels sited on the top of the hill. To the left of the entrance are greenhouses and the south hillside is still largely grass; grass terraces descending to Wickham Lane now have a Children's Section that is reached via a pergola; there are big retaining walls and railings at the base of the slope. Planting within the cemetery is somewhat sparse but includes sycamore, beech, oak clumps although none of the planting appears to pre-date the cemetery layout.
Brief history of site
Plumstead Cemetery was opened by the Woolwich Burial Board in 1890 on a prominent hillside in former parkland that was laid out in the 17th century.
Address: Cemetery Road/off Wickham Lane, Abbey Wood, SE2 0NS
Greater London; Greenwich
Historical County: Kent
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Rail: Plumstead then bus. Bus: 96, 422
Opening contact details:
Daily: April-Sept 9am-7pm; October-March 9am-4pm
Form of site: cemetery
Purpose of site: cemetery
Context or principal building: cemetery
Site first created: 1890
Main period of development: Late 19th century
Site Size (Hectares): 12.31
Plumstead Cemetery was opened by Woolwich Burial Board in 1890 on a prominent hillside. The cemetery has a dramatic gateway with lodges at the entrance and a driveway leads up the hill to the chapels sited on the top of the hill. Plumstead War Memorial is within the cemetery, which also has memorials to those who lost their lives in accidents at the Royal Arsenal at Woolwich. Among those buried here are local dignitaries and recipients of the Victoria Cross, Thomas Flawn and Gunner Alfred Smith who was part of the Camel Corps on its way to relieve General Gordon under siege at Khartoum.
Hugh Meller & Brian Parsons, 'London Cemeteries, An Illustrated Guide and Gazetteer', 4th edition (The History Press, 2008); LB Greenwich Cemeteries website
For more information see http://www.londongardensonline.org.uk/gardens-online-record.asp?ID=GRN040
Owner: LB Greenwich
External web site link: http://www.londongardensonline.org.uk/
External web site link: http://www.greenwich.gov.uk
Organisations associated with this site
Contributor or Recorder London Parks and Gardens Trust
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