St Mary's Catholic Cemetery (also known as St Mary's Cemetery)7283

London, England, Greater London, Hammersmith and Fulham

Brief Description

The cemetery has a railed entrance on Harrow Road and railings along the canal and the railway, but a plain brick wall borders the cemetery along Scrubs Lane. There are two war memorials in the cemetery, the Belgium War Memorial commemorating Belgian soldiers who were wounded in combat in WWI and evacuated to England but then died in hospital, and the Canadian War Memorial, which is maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

History

St Mary's Catholic Cemetery and St Patrick's Cemetery in Leytonstone are the only two exclusively Catholic cemeteries in London. St Mary's Catholic Cemetery opened for burials on 10 May 1858. The Chapel opened in 1860 and together with the cemetery lodge, upper and lower catacombs was designed by Samuel Nicholl.

Visitor Facilities

Mon-Sat 8am - 4pm (winter) / - 5pm (summer); Sun 9am - 4pm (winter) / - 5pm (summer); Christmas/Boxing Day 9a,-1pm

Detailed Description

St Mary's Catholic Cemetery was established in 1858 to serve the needs of the increasing numbers of Catholics in the area, particularly Irish immigrants. It lies to the west of Kensal Green Cemetery with which it shares a boundary wall, and it has a lodge, catacombs and chapel. There are many fine tombs and mausoleums, particularly in the northern part. The southern part remains in use for burial. There is very little formal planting, but a fine avenue of horse chestnut trees flanks the main drive and scattered trees include willow, maple, ash, lime and Lombardy poplar.

Sources consulted:

Hugh Meller & Brian Parsons, 'London Cemeteries, An Illustrated Guide and Gazetteer', 4th edition (The History Press, 2008); St Mary's Cemetery website, History section and Burial Records/Persons of Note. See Hammersmith Council website Historical Sculptures Search

For more information see http://www.londongardensonline.org.uk/gardens-online-record.asp?ID=HAF052

Access & Directions

Access Contact Details

Mon-Sat 8am - 4pm (winter) / - 5pm (summer); Sun 9am - 4pm (winter) / - 5pm (summer); Christmas/Boxing Day 9a,-1pm

Directions

London Overground/Tube (Bakerloo): Kensal Green. Tube: Ladbroke Grove (Hammersmith & City) then bus. Bus: 18, 220
History

Period

  • Victorian (1837-1901)
References

Contributors

  • London Parks and Gardens Trust