Woodgrange Park Cemetery 7314

London, England, Greater London

Brief Description

Although the cemetery is badly neglected and its path structure partly obliterated, it contains numerous mature trees, including lime, plane, ash, oak, sycamore, Lombardy and hybrid black poplar. According to the London Ecology Unit's survey in 1991, it is a haven for wildlife, at that time having 32 species of birds breeding, as well as amphibians and reptiles, some uncommon for London. Some tombs are found among long grass and scrub, and there are also areas with graves among grass.

History

Woodgrange Park Cemetery was established in 1889 by the Tottenham Park Cemetery Company; the red brick Gothic chapel has stone detailing but is now derelict.

Visitor Facilities

8am - 8pm (summer); 8am - 4pm (winter)

Detailed Description

Woodgrange Park Cemetery was established in 1889 by the Tottenham Park Cemetery Company, and has remained in private ownership. Its red brick Gothic chapel is now derelict. Despite the opposition of the Friends of Woodgrange Park Cemetery, a group set up in 1980 to protect and preserve the cemetery, the eastern part was sold off for a private housing development by Badgehurst Ltd, although an Act of Parliament required a sum to be re-invested in the cemetery. Within the cemetery are 187 Commonwealth War Graves for those who died in both world wars.

Sources consulted:

Hugh Meller & Brian Parsons, 'London Cemeteries, An Illustrated Guide and Gazetteer', 4th edition (The History Press, 2008); Ben Weinreb & Christopher Hibbert, 'The London Encyclopaedia' (Macmillan, revised ed. 1993); John Archer/Ian Yarham, Nature Conservation in Newham, London Ecology Unit, 1991.

For more information see http://www.londongardensonline.org.uk/gardens-online-record.asp?ID=NEW037

Access & Directions

Access Contact Details

8am - 8pm (summer); 8am - 4pm (winter)

Directions

Tube: East Ham (Hammersmith & City, District). London Overground: Woodgrange Park. Bus: 86
References

Contributors

  • London Parks and Gardens Trust