Greenwich Cemetery 7217

London, England, Greater London

Brief Description

The cemetery is situated on a rather exposed hilly site with remarkably little mature planting consisting of limes, a few Leylandia, Corsican pine and yews. There are two \"large but lumpish\" (Meller) Gothic chapels, and at the entrance is a 1930s lodge, with gates and railings, brick piers with stone capitals.

History

Greenwich Cemetery was founded in 1856 by Greenwich Burial Board.

Visitor Facilities

Daily: April-Sept 9am-7pm; Oct-Mar 9am-4pm

Detailed Description

Greenwich Cemetery was founded 1856 by Greenwich Burial Board on a hilly site, which commands fine views towards both the City and Crystal Palace. The cemetery has two Gothic chapels, and a 1930s lodge at the entrance. Due to the proximity of the military academy and other institutions at Woolwich, there are numerous army personnel buried here. There is little mature planting, and particularly interesting tombs are found predominantly near the chapels.

Sources consulted:

Hugh Meller & Brian Parsons, 'London Cemeteries, An Illustrated Guide and Gazetteer', 4th edition (The History Press, 2008); Sue Swales, Meg Game, Ian Yarham, 'Nature Conservation in Greenwich', Ecology Handbook 10 (London Ecology Unit), 1989.

For more information see http://www.londongardensonline.org.uk/gardens-online-record.asp?ID=GRN026

Access & Directions

Access Contact Details

Daily: April-Sept 9am-7pm; Oct-Mar 9am-4pm

Directions

Rail: Eltham then bus. Bus: 161, 122.
History

Period

  • Mid 19th Century
References

Contributors

  • London Parks and Gardens Trust