Old Mortlake Burial Ground (also known as Mortlake Burial Ground, Mortlake Old Cemetery)7255

London, England, Greater London

Brief Description

The cemetery's grid system of paths is now gone but the original cast iron railings and main entrance gates remain. A path leads to the entrance on Avenue Gardens, where the brick lodge is now privately owned.

History

When the parish churchyard of St Mary the Virgin, Mortlake was full, the vestry bought land for a new cemetery in 1854 paid for by subscription. The first burial was that of William Langridge on 21 December of that year.

Visitor Facilities

10am-4.30pm (November - March); 10am - 6.30pm (April - October)

Detailed Description

Land for what is now called Old Mortlake Burial Ground was purchased in 1854 and the first burial took place in December. In 1874 Mortlake Burial Board was established and further pieces of land were purchased, and the cemetery was enlarged to the west in 1877. The original cemetery chapel was demolished in 1969, its site marked by a an area of tarmac in front of the main entrance gates on South Worple Way. From here an avenue of mature horse chestnuts flanks the path that prior to the extension ran through the centre of the cemetery. A brick lodge was built at a second entrance on Avenue Gardens, now privately owned. The cemetery has many fine mature trees and a number of historic tombs including those of Charles Dickens' eldest son and sister-in-law.

Sources consulted:

Hugh Meller & Brian Parsons, 'London Cemeteries, An Illustrated Guide and Gazetteer', 4th edition (The History Press, 2008); John Eustace Anderson 'A History of Mortlake', 1886 (facsimile with amendments by Raymond Gill, 1983); John Archer, David Curson, 'Nature Conservation in Richmond upon Thames, Ecology Handbook 21', (London Ecology Unit) 1993 p83

For more information see http://www.londongardensonline.org.uk/gardens-online-record.asp?ID=RIC053

Access & Directions

Access Contact Details

10am-4.30pm (November - March); 10am - 6.30pm (April - October)

Directions

Rail: Mortlake. Bus: 493, 33, 337, 485
History

Period

  • Victorian (1837-1901)
References

Contributors

  • London Parks and Gardens Trust