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Streatham Park Cemetery and South London Crematorium

Introduction

The cemetery is laid out on a grid and near the entrance are austere family vaults; there are various gardens of remembrance, including rose gardens.

Streatham Park Cemetery opened in 1909, but was originally conceived in 1890 as the Great Southern Cemetery, matching the Great Northern Cemetery that opened in 1861 in Southgate. Cemetery buildings included a lodge, an Anglican Chapel and a small Roman Catholic chapel designed by John Bannen, who also designed the Crematorium, which opened in 1936. The cemetery lodge and RC chapel have since been demolished, the Anglican chapel later re-opened as the cemetery office. The cemetery is laid out on a grid and near the entrance are austere family vaults; there are various gardens of remembrance, including rose gardens. One of the founders of the cemetery, Frederick Field (d.1923) is buried here. The cemetery has a long association with the Variety Artistes' Benevolent Fund, with 200 variety artistes buried here between 1921-44.

Sources consulted:

Hugh Meller & Brian Parsons, 'London Cemeteries, An Illustrated Guide and Gazetteer', 4th edition (The History Press, 2008), p316-19

For more information see http://www.londongardensonline.org.uk/gardens-online-record.asp?ID=MER056

Visitor Access, Directions & Contacts

Access contact details

The site is open daily 9am - 5pm except Christmas Day: 10am-4pm

Directions

Tube: Clapham Common, Morden (Northern) then bus. Rail: Streatham Common, Streatham Hill, Mitcham Junction then bus. Bus: 60, 118.

Owners

Dignity Funerals Ltd

History

Period

Early 20th Century (1901-1932)

Key Information

Type

Cemetery

Purpose

Cemetery

Principal Building

Cemetery

Period

Early 20th Century (1901-1932)

Survival

Extant

Hectares

25.5

Open to the public

Yes

References

Contributors

  • London Parks and Gardens Trust