Alperton Cemetery (also known as Wembley Cemetery)7170

London, England, Greater London, Brent

Brief Description

The cemetery has a formal layout of paths in a grid pattern. The pair of cemetery chapels, linked by a porte-cochère, are modest red brick buildings with Portland stone dressing and a Welsh slate roof. At the cemetery entrance are brick and stone gate piers, an area of beds with ornamental planting, and a lodge to the north. The cemetery has a variety of trees throughout, with lines of Lombardy poplar and avenues along the paths, including ornamental cherry trees.

History

Alperton Cemetery was opened in 1917 during WWI, and until 1946 it was called Wembley Cemetery.

Visitor Facilities

9am-4pm (Jan/Feb/Nov/Dec) - 5pm (Oct) - 6pm (Mar) - 7pm (April, Sept) - 8pm (May - August). Chapel opened for London Open House - 2000)

Detailed Description

Alperton Cemetery was opened as Wembley Cemetery in 1917 and the first interment took place in 1918. The pair of chapels linked by a porte-cochère were built in 1937, a modest red brick building but having good stained glass in the burial chapel. The Columbarium was opened in the other chapel in 1942. The cemetery has paths laid out in a grid pattern, with a variety of trees throughout. There is a war grave section maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Sources consulted:

LB Brent Cemeteries Dept website; Ian Yarham, Meg Game 'Nature Conservation in Brent, Ecology Handbook 31' (London Ecology Unit, 2000); Hugh Meller & Brian Parsons, 'London Cemeteries, An Illustrated Guide and Gazetteer', 4th edition (The History Press, 2008)

For more information see http://www.londongardensonline.org.uk/gardens-online-record.asp?ID=BRE001

Access & Directions

Access Contact Details

9am-4pm (Jan/Feb/Nov/Dec) - 5pm (Oct) - 6pm (Mar) - 7pm (April, Sept) - 8pm (May - August). Chapel opened for London Open House - 2000)

Directions

Tube: Alperton (Piccadilly). Bus: 79, 83, 224, 226, 245, 297, 487
History

Period

  • Early 20th Century (1901-1932)
References

Contributors

  • London Parks and Gardens Trust