Plaistow Cemetery 7258

London, England, Greater London

Brief Description

Plaistow Cemetery has a simple layout with at the entrance a massive ragstone lodge over the drive and an Early English style chapel, both designed by W R Mallett. The cemetery has a grid of straight paths, the main one running north to south from the entrance lodge, past the chapel, to a turning circle at the far end; the remaining paths are narrower, for pedestrian use. The chapel is at the end of the enclosed part of the Avenue, with lawn and two small rose beds adjacent, and from here the cemetery opens out to the west.

History

Plaistow Cemetery was set up by the Burial Board in 1892 and opened in 1893, the second oldest cemetery in Bromley. The cemetery was designed to take 3443 graves and is now full, used only for burials in existing graves.

Visitor Facilities

Daily 10am-4pm (October-March)/ 10am-7pm (April-September). Chapel only open for funeral services.

Detailed Description

Plaistow Cemetery was set up by the Burial Board in 1892 and opened in 1893, the second oldest cemetery in Bromley. It has a simple layout with at the entrance a massive ragstone lodge over the drive and an Early English style chapel both designed by local architect W R Mallett. The cemetery has a grid of straight paths, the main one running north to south from the entrance lodge, past the chapel, to a turning circle at the far end; the remaining paths are narrower. On its east side it abuts King's Meadow. There are a number of mature trees, including Scots pine and some specimen trees along the main avenue.

Sources consulted:

Hugh Meller & Brian Parsons, 'London Cemeteries, An Illustrated Guide and Gazetteer', 4th edition (The History Press, 2008); C Webb revised ed of P Wolfston 'Greater London Cemeteries and Crematoria', Society of Genealogists, 1994; B Cherry and N Pevsner, The Buildings of England, London 2: South, 1983 (1999 ed), p.167.

For more information see http://www.londongardensonline.org.uk/gardens-online-record.asp?ID=BRO059

Access & Directions

Access Contact Details

Daily 10am-4pm (October-March)/ 10am-7pm (April-September). Chapel only open for funeral services.

Directions

Rail: Sundridge Park. Bus: 126, 261, 336
References

Contributors

  • London Parks and Gardens Trust