United Synagogue Willesden Cemetery 7299

London, England, Greater London

Brief Description

The cemetery is entered through imposing gates, with brick piers and a substantial lodge; within the cemetery is good planting of horse chestnuts, poplars, cedar. Many of the plots have railed enclosures with extravagant metalwork and fine marble and granite is plentiful.A well-maintained cemetery with plants and paths, it is compared to Pere Lachaise Cemetery in Paris by Hugh Meller. South of the chapels the planting is minimal to offset a sea of gravestones, while off Tower Road the gates are vandalised and barricaded.

History

The United Synagogue Cemetery at Willesden was founded in 1873 and laid out to a design by Nathan Joseph, whose buildings in English Gothic style each served a particular purpose within the complicated burial procedures.

Visitor Facilities

Mon-Thurs & Sun: 9am-5pm Summer, 9am-4pm Winter. Friday: 9am-4pm Summer, 9am-3pm Winter

Detailed Description

The United Synagogue Cemetery at Willesden was founded in 1873 and laid out to a design by Nathan Joseph. It is entered through imposing gates, with brick piers and a substantial lodge; within the cemetery is good planting of trees including horse chestnuts, poplars, cedar. Many distinguished Jews are buried here and some of the plots have railed enclosures with extravagant metalwork and fine marble and granite.

Sources consulted:

Hugh Meller & Brian Parsons, 'London Cemeteries, An Illustrated Guide and Gazetteer', 4th edition (The History Press, 2008); C Webb revised ed of P Wolfston 'Greater London Cemeteries and Crematoria', Society of Genealogists, 1994; Willesden Past and Present, 4th Edition.

For more information see http://www.londongardensonline.org.uk/gardens-online-record.asp?ID=BRE037

Access & Directions

Access Contact Details

Mon-Thurs & Sun: 9am-5pm Summer, 9am-4pm Winter. Friday: 9am-4pm Summer, 9am-3pm Winter

Directions

Tube: Dollis Hill (Jubilee). Bus: 260, 266, 297, 226.
References

Contributors

  • London Parks and Gardens Trust