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London Road Burial Ground (also known as London Road Cemetery, Figges Marsh Cemetery)

Introduction

The cemetery is on an open site with a chapel and lodge at the entrance. There are a number of flower beds and rose beds south of the London Road entrance.

London Road Cemetery dates from 1929 and is on an open site with a chapel and lodge at the entrance, now a private house. The entrance has the original gates with brick and stone piers, although there are new railings along London Road. The entrance on Victoria Road has brick and stone gate piers. The central mortuary chapel is shown on the OS Map in 1930, with the cemetery laid out with a grid system of paths. There are a number of flower beds and rose beds south of the London Road entrance. The cemetery contains a few unusual memorials including that of someone who died in a diving accident, the tomb taking the form of a diving helmet. Among those buried here are members of the travellers' families who regularly came to Mitcham Fair. Improvements to the toilet block, chapel and railings were carried out in 2011.

Sources consulted:

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=MER025

Visitor Access, Directions & Contacts

Access contact details

Mon-Sat: 9am.Sun & Bank Hols: 10am - 4pm (Nov-Feb); -5.30pm (Mar/Oct); -7pm (Apr/Sep); -8pm May - August). Xmas Day 10am -3pm.

Directions

Rail: Tooting then bus. Bus: 264, 270, 280, 355.

Owners

London Borough of Merton

History

Period

  • 20th Century (1901 to 1932)
  • Early 20th Century (1901 to 1932)
Key Information

Type

Funerary Site

Purpose

Sacred / Ritual / Funerary

Principal Building

Religious Ritual And Funerary

Period

20th Century (1901 to 1932)

Survival

Extant

Hectares

5.46

Open to the public

Yes

References

Contributors

  • London Parks and Gardens Trust