Queen's Road Cemetery, Waltham Forest (also known as Walthamstow Cemetery)7261

London, England, Greater London

Brief Description

The cemetery has a ragstone wall along its boundary with Queen's Road, topped with ornamental spiked railings. There is one mausoleum and some good 19th-century tombs closely spaced, with a few large holly trees and small flowering cherry trees flanking the long central avenue.

History

Queen's Road Cemetery opened in October 1872 and is on a roughly rectangular site bought for £5,000 by the Walthamstow Burial Board.

Visitor Facilities

Open: Mon-Sat 7.30am/Sun 10am.Closed: 4pm (Nov-Jan); 5pm (Feb, Oct + March, Sep on Sun); 6pm (March, Sept + April-Aug on Sun); 7pm (April -Aug)

Detailed Description

Queen's Road Cemetery opened in October 1872 and is on a roughly rectangular site bought for £5,000 by the Walthamstow Burial Board, who then invited six architects to submit designs that were to include two chapels with an entrance lodge, fence and gates at a cost ‘not to exceed £2,250'. R.C. Sutton of Nottingham gained the contract and his buildings survive: two ragstone gothic chapels joined at a right-angle by a porte-cochère set at the centre of an axial layout, and an Inquest Room as an adjunct to the Lodge, which is still a Coroner's Court. The cemetery has a ragstone wall along its boundary with Queen's Road, topped with ornamental spiked railings. There is one mausoleum and some good C19th tombs closely spaced, with a few large holly trees and small flowering cherry trees flanking the long central avenue. The cemetery is now full, except for the re-opening of family plots.

Sources consulted:

Hugh Meller & Brian Parsons, 'London Cemeteries, An Illustrated Guide and Gazetteer', 4th edition (The History Press, 2008)

For more information see http://www.londongardensonline.org.uk/gardens-online-record.asp?ID=WAL034

Access & Directions

Access Contact Details

Open: Mon-Sat 7.30am/Sun 10am.Closed: 4pm (Nov-Jan); 5pm (Feb, Oct + March, Sep on Sun); 6pm (March, Sept + April-Aug on Sun); 7pm (April -Aug)

Directions

Tube: Walthamstow Central (Victoria). Rail: Walthamstow Central; Queens Road. Bus: 58, 158
References

Contributors

  • London Parks and Gardens Trust