London Road Cemetery, Bromley (also known as Beckenham Cemetery)7239

London, Bromley, Greater London, England

Brief Description

The cemetery retains its decorative iron gates although some of the boundary railings have since gone. The layout has cruciform drives with a central circular area, and the planting includes Cedars, Scots pine and other conifers with later flowering 'cemetery trees'. There is a fine granite column commemorating William Digby (d.1901), a notable sarcophagus to the Johnson family and marble railed memorial to the Tweedy family.

History

London Road Cemetery is the oldest of Bromley's cemeteries and opened in 1877, laid out by architect George Truefitt, who won the competition for its design and whose Gothic style buildings remain largely intact.

Visitor Facilities

Daily 10am-4pm (October-March)/ 10am-7pm (April-September)

Detailed Description

London Road Cemetery is the oldest of Bromley's cemeteries and opened in 1877, laid out by architect George Truefitt, whose two ragstone chapels connected by a porte-cochère and a mortuary remain, although his lodge has since been rebuilt. The layout has cruciform drives with a central circular area, and the planting includes Cedars, Scots pine and other conifers with later flowering 'cemetery trees'.

Sources consulted:

B Cherry & N Pevsner, 'The Buildings of England, London 2: South' (1983, reprint 1999) p167; Hugh Meller & Brian Parsons, 'London Cemeteries, An Illustrated Guide and Gazetteer', 4th edition (The History Press, 2008), pp87/8.

For more information see http://www.londongardensonline.org.uk/gardens-online-record.asp?ID=BRO051

Access & Directions

Access Contact Details

Daily 10am-4pm (October-March)/ 10am-7pm (April-September)

Directions

Rail: Bromley North then bus.
References

Contributors

  • London Parks and Gardens Trust