Margravine Cemetery (also known as Hammersmith Cemetery, Hammersmith Old Cemetery, Margravine Road Cemetery)7241

London, England, Greater London

Brief Description

Margravine Cemetery is a now managed as public garden, with the old graves grassed over. The cemetery has very fine brick walls and gateway from Margravine Gardens. The layout consists of a simple axial drive and turning circle from the west entrance. Planting within the cemetery is largely deciduous trees, with sycamore, lime, poplar and younger specimen trees, and there is beech hedging along many paths.

History

The cemetery was founded as Hammersmith Cemetery in 1869 by Hammersmith Burial Board and laid out by local architect, George Saunders, who designed the Gothic-style north lodge and two chapels.

Visitor Facilities

The site is open Mon-Sat 9am; Sun 10am; closes 4pm (Nov - Jan); 5pm (Oct/Feb); 6pm (Mar/Sep); 7pm (Aug/Apr); 8pm (May - Jul). Xmas Day 10am-3pm

Detailed Description

Margravine Cemetery was founded as Hammersmith Cemetery in 1869. It later became known as Hammersmith Old Cemetery when Mortlake Cemetery was opened. north lodge and two chapels, one of which was demolished in 1939 and its position is marked by shrubbery. The cemetery retains its original walls and gateway from Margravine Gardens, and once had two chapels; its octagonal mortuary is now a store. The layout consists of a simple axial drive and turning circle from the west entrance and planting within the cemetery is largely deciduous trees.

Sources consulted:

Hugh Meller & Brian Parsons, 'London Cemeteries, An Illustrated Guide and Gazetteer', 4th edition (The History Press, 2008); John Archer, Daniel Keech 'Nature Conservation in Hammersmith & Fulham', Ecology Handbook 25, London Ecology Unit, 1993. See Hammersmith Council website Historical Sculptures Search

For more information see http://www.londongardensonline.org.uk/gardens-online-record.asp?ID=HAF036

Access & Directions

Access Contact Details

The site is open Mon-Sat 9am; Sun 10am; closes 4pm (Nov - Jan); 5pm (Oct/Feb); 6pm (Mar/Sep); 7pm (Aug/Apr); 8pm (May - Jul). Xmas Day 10am-3pm

Directions

Tube: Barons Court (District, Piccadilly). Bus: 190, 211, 220, 295
Associated People

Just one person associated to Margravine Cemetery

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References

Contributors

  • London Parks and Gardens Trust