The Old Burial Ground has table tombs, headstones and slabs, some dating from the 18th century and handsomely carved, and it is an important military cemetery.
The Old Burial Ground was consecrated in August 1691 and has accommodated some 10,000 bodies, for the pensioners were not normally given a headstone and the ground was used and re-used.
Visitor FacilitiesAccess is by application to the Royal Hospital Constable at London Gate.
Detailed DescriptionCemetery within the grounds of the Royal Hospital that served the pensioners residing there. It accommodated some 10,000 burials between its consecration in 1691 and closure in 1854/5 since pensioners were not normally given a headstone and the ground was re-used. There are some fine monuments including a number from the C18th.
'The Royal Hospital Chelsea' guidebook 2002; Hugh Meller & Brian Parsons, 'London Cemeteries, An Illustrated Guide and Gazetteer', 4th edition (The History Press, 2008). See EH Register
For more information see http://www.londongardensonline.org.uk/gardens-online-record.asp?ID=KAC126
- Access & Directions
Access Contact DetailsAccess is by application to the Royal Hospital Constable at London Gate.
DirectionsNearest tube station - Sloane Square (Circle and District lines).
London Parks and Gardens Trust