Nunhead Cemetery, South London, London
Categories: Cemeteries, Landmarks, Tourist Spots
Nunhead Cemetery is one of the Magnificent Seven cemeteries in London, England. It is perhaps the least famous and celebrated of them. The cemetery is located in the Nunhead area of southern London and was originally known as All Saints' Cemetery. Nunhead Cemetery was consecrated in 1840 and opened by the London Necropolis Company. It is a Local Nature Reserve.LocationThe Main Gate is located on Linden Grove and the South Gate is located on Limesford Road. The cemetery is in the London Borough of Southwark, SE15.History and descriptionConsecrated in 1840, with an Anglican chapel designed by Thomas Little, it is one of the Magnificent Seven Victorian cemeteries established in a ring around what were then the outskirts of London. The first burial was of Charles Abbott, a 101-year-old Ipswich grocer; the last burial was of a volunteer soldier who became a canon of Lahore Cathedral. The first grave in Nunhead was dug in October 1840. The average annual number of burials there over the last ten years, has been 1685: 1350 in the consecrated, and 335 in the unconsecrated ground.In the cemetery were reinterred remains removed, in 1867 and 1933, from the site of the demolished St Christopher le Stocks church in the City of London.To visit Nunhead Cemetery, South London on your holiday in London, and find out what else London has to offer, use our London trip itinerary maker.
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I didn't believe my eyes how that cemetery was handsome, you can spend severals hours into that little forest, History is there!
Kevin Stuart F
Nunhead cemetery has got to be one of my favourites in the world. Don't expect highly polished paths and tombstones. Oh no friends - this little gem is a wonderland of the macabre and a great joy to d... read more »
I visited this cemetery years ago but forgot all about it until I moved back in the area and wanted to see it again. I remembered it was lovely but going back really made me realise that it is a real ... read more »
Such a great retreat from the city. It hits you when the sound of birds tweeting overtake the noise of local traffic.
Packed with history and great views. You wouldn't think your in the heart of London. Lovely place.
The staff who manage and look after the cemetery are amazing.... Very passionate and mindful individuals
Like someone tipped a graveyard over a forest. It doesn't have any famous graves like Highgate does, but it's far nicer in terms of places to go for a walk-- all giant trees and overgrown ivy and brambles. It's also a great place for foraging, mostly blackberries and elderflower, but some damsons too. There's a great view from the top, clear through to St Paul's.
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