Manor Park Cemetery and Crematorium 7240

London, Greater London, England

Brief Description

Near the chapel is a Garden of Remembrance with extensive rose beds around a central open sided octagonal pavilion in which a small fountain plays; this garden has had new paths created to allow wheelchair users. In the woodland is a secluded area of graves, entered through a rustic pergola.

History

The land for the cemetery was owned from 1872 by a land company from whom the Cemetery Company then acquired it. The first burial was that of William Nesbitt on 25 March 1875.

Visitor Facilities

Mon-Fri 9am - 7pm (April-September)/ - 5pm (October-March). Sat/Sun/BH: 10am - 5pm (Apr-Sept)/4pm (Oct-Mar)

Detailed Description

Manor Park Cemetery was opened in 1874 by the Manor Park Cemetery Company on the eastern part of what had been Hamfrith Farm, previously owned by John Gurney. The cemetery today has two areas of woodland, the largest in its north-east corner, and many woodland birds are found here. There are rows of mature lime trees along the boundaries and an avenue of horse chestnuts follows the old path through the middle, with other trees scattered throughout, including cedar and other evergreens, conifers. The original chapel, built in 1877, was largely destroyed by bombing in 1944 apart from its spire, which still remains and was rebuilt in brick with a crematorium added to its east end in 1955. The cemetery has a war memorial, crematorium remembrance area, together with an extensive Garden of Remembrance.

Sources consulted:

Hugh Meller & Brian Parsons, 'London Cemeteries, An Illustrated Guide and Gazetteer', 4th edition (The History Press, 2008); John Archer/Ian Yarham, Nature Conservation in Newham, London Ecology Unit, 1991.

For more information see http://www.londongardensonline.org.uk/gardens-online-record.asp?ID=NEW020

Access & Directions

Access Contact Details

Mon-Fri 9am - 7pm (April-September)/ - 5pm (October-March). Sat/Sun/BH: 10am - 5pm (Apr-Sept)/4pm (Oct-Mar)

Directions

Rail: Manor Park
Contact

Telephone

01793 445050

Official Website

Click Here

Other websites

Owners

  • Manor Park Cemetery Co.

References

Contributors

  • London Parks and Gardens Trust