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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.

Location information:

Address: Cemetery Road/off Wickham Lane, Abbey Wood, SE2 0NS

Locality: London

Local Authorities:

Greater London; Greenwich

Historical County: Kent

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 177 Grid Ref: TQ467772
Latitude: 51.4747 Longitude: 0.110931

Directions:

Rail: Plumstead then bus. Bus: 96, 422

Visitor facilities

Opening contact details:

Daily: April-Sept 9am-7pm; October-March 9am-4pm

Key information:

Form of site: cemetery

Purpose of site: cemetery

Context or principal building: cemetery

Site first created: 1890

Main period of development: Late 19th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 12.31

Description

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.

Sources consulted:

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

History

References

Organisations associated with this site

London Parks & Gardens Trust

Contributor or Recorder London Parks and Gardens Trust

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