Wanstead Quaker Burial Ground (also known as Becontree Archery, Quaker Meeting House)7304

London, England, Greater London, Redbridge

Brief Description

The Meeting House is fronted by a largely tarmaced area for car parking, with shrubbery and some fine trees including cedar. The Burial Ground is behind the Meeting House, accessed via a gate to the right. Mid C19th red brick walls enclose the ground on its east, south and west sides. Wanstead Friends' Burial Ground opens into a meadow-like central green with plain, uniform headstones arranged in 2 or 3 neat rows each side. Among the many simple headstones is that of Elizabeth Fry whose headstone was transferred from the Quaker Burial Ground in Barking in around 1985 when it was converted to a public garden. Fine horse chestnut, ash and oak trees, with an understorey of holly and rhododendron, surround the central green.

History

The Quaker Burial Ground was established on land leased from Epping Forest in 1871, and the first burial took place in 1881.

Visitor Facilities

Please contact the Wardens (Meeting House: 020 8989 4511)

Detailed Description

Wanstead Quaker Burial Ground was established on land leased from Epping Forest by the Barking Quakers in 1871, and the first burial took place in 1881. It was once the site of Becontree Archery, a C19th archery ground with lodge where Charles Dickens is reputed to have given readings. The Lodge was demolished in 1967 and the current Quaker Meeting House was built in 1968. The Burial Ground behind the Meeting House is enclosed by C19th brick walls, and has a central green with perimeter trees and shrubbery. A copse has been planted and a snowdrop garden commemorates children. Uniform headstones are arranged in 2 or 3 neat rows each side and among them is that of Elizabeth Fry, transferred here from Barking Quaker Gardens in c.1985 when it was converted to a public garden.

Sources consulted:

Souvenir Programme of Events; Arthur Mee 'The King's England: London North of the Thames except the City and Westminster', (Hodder & Stoughton, 1972)

For more information see http://www.londongardensonline.org.uk/gardens-online-record.asp?ID=RED042a

Access & Directions

Access Contact Details

Please contact the Wardens (Meeting House: 020 8989 4511)

Directions

Tube: Wanstead/Leytonstone (Central), then bus: Bus: 66, 101, 145, 257, 308, W13, W14.
References

Contributors

  • London Parks and Gardens Trust