Streatham Park Cemetery and South London Crematorium 7290

London, England, Greater London

Brief Description

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.

History

The New London Cemetery and Crematorium Ltd first proposed establishing a new cemetery in Mitcham in 1890, but nothing took place until 1907. At this time the Great Southern Cemetery, Crematorium and Land Company raised the necessary finance, purchased the site and opened the new cemetery in 1909. Although the Crematorium was planned from 1913 it was not built until 1936, the delay initially due to the outbreak of WWI.

Visitor Facilities

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

Detailed Description

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

Access & Directions

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.
History

Period

  • Early 20th Century
References

Contributors

  • London Parks and Gardens Trust