St Joseph's Cemetery and St Joseph's Roman Catholic Church 7278

London, Greater London, England

Brief Description

The cemetery in which some 200 people were interred has no evidence of gravestones today. It is closed, with gates and hedging at the boundary, paving slabs and grass. In front of St Joseph's Church is a pleasant garden with hedged areas, flower beds and lawn. To the right of the church door is a hedged shrine and memorial with informal herbaceous borders.

History

St Joseph's Catholic Church on Wembley High Road was built after the Diocese of Westminster had purchased 17 acres of land in 1899 with the idea of establishing a Catholic cemetery. In 1911 the Diocese sold the land for housing development, except the Waverley Avenue cemetery and the site of the old church. In 1950 a new team of priests set about building a new, larger church. In December 1957 the church opened for its first service but it was not consecrated until 1976.

Visitor Facilities

Church garden unrestricted; cemetery locked

Detailed Description

St Joseph's Catholic Church on Wembley High Road was built after the Diocese of Westminster had purchased land here in 1899 for a Catholic cemetery, although this was later abandoned. The small cemetery in Waverley Avenue was established and some 200 burials took place. In 1901 a small chapel was rebuilt on part of the site and used as a cemetery chapel. In 1911 the Diocese sold the land except the cemetery and site of the old church. In 1957 a larger church was built on the site, set back from the road by a garden. The cemetery is closed and has no evidence of gravestones today, with one tablet to double bass virtuoso Domenico Dragonetti.

Sources consulted:

Bridget Cherry & Nikolaus Pevsner, The Buildings of England, London 3: North West (Penguin, 1999 ed); Diocese of Westminster website. To check Geoffrey Hewlett, 'Images of London: Wembley', Tempus Publishing, 2007

For more information see http://www.londongardensonline.org.uk/gardens-online-record.asp?ID=BRE031

Access & Directions

Access Contact Details

Church garden unrestricted; cemetery locked

Directions

London Overground/Rail/Tube (Bakerloo): Wembley Central. Rail: Wembley Stadium. Bus: 18, 83, 92, 182, 224.
References

Contributors

  • London Parks and Gardens Trust