Camberwell Old Cemetery - Forest Hill Road, London, UK
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Master Mariner
N 51° 27.049 W 000° 03.514
30U E 704372 N 5704063
Quick Description: Camberwell Old Cemetery is a large resting place with over 300000 souls resting there. It opened in 1856 and is still used today. The chapels that were there have all been demolished with just the lodge at the main gate remaining.
Location: London, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 1/13/2021 5:59:55 AM
Waymark Code: WM13N66
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member jhuoni
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Long Description:

Wikipedia has an entry for Camberwell cemeteries that tells us:

The old cemetery, located on Forest Hill Road, covers approximately 30 acres (0.12 km2). It is part of the second wave of mid 19th century cemeteries that were established in London to solve the problem of overcrowding in church yards. The first wave of cemeteries are commonly known as the Magnificent Seven.

The site was purchased in 1855 by the Camberwell Cemetery Board (formed 1850) from the Trustees of Sir Walter St John's Charity at Battersea for £9,927.00. It was originally meadow land, which was then designated as a Burial Ground of St Giles, Camberwell.

The first interment took place on 3 July 1856; over 30,000 burials took place in the subsequent 30 years. In 1874 the cemetery was expanded by a further seven acres with the inclusion of land bought from the British Land Company for £4,550.00.[3] By 1984, 300,000 interments had been carried out at the cemetery.

The Gothic Revival lodge and two chapels (one Church of England and one Non-Conformist) were designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott's architectural firm. When burials were transferred to the New Cemetery the chapel fell into disrepair and both were demolished in the 1960s. A third (Roman Catholic) chapel was demolished in the 1970s. Later the architectural importance of the lodge was recognised and when it was destroyed by fire in the 1970s it was restored rather than being torn down. The lodge was used in the 1970 film adaptation of Joe Orton's play Entertaining Mr Sloane.

There are 288 Commonwealth service war graves from the First World War, 160 of whom are in a war graves plot in cemetery's north-east corner where there are two Screen Wall memorials, one listing those buried in the plot and the other those buried elsewhere in the cemetery whose graves could not be marked by headstones. There is also a group of special memorials to 14 casualties buried in the Second World War.

There is also an unusual First World War memorial dedicated to 21 civilians who were killed in a Zeppelin raid on Camberwell in 1917.

On 1 July and 21 July 1944 V1 flying bombs landed in the cemetery. The blasts caused damage to surrounding properties, but no casualties.

On 3 November 2011 Azezur Khan (a.k.a. Ronnie), was shot dead following a funeral in the cemetery. Police believe that Mr Khan was an innocent bystander.

City, Town, or Parish / State / Country: Camberwell, London, UK

Approximate number of graves: 300,000

Cemetery Status: Active

Cemetery Website: [Web Link]

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