West Norwood Cemetery is a 40acre cemetery in West Norwood in London, England. It was also known as the South Metropolitan Cemetery. One of the first private landscaped cemeteries in London, it is one of the "Magnificent Seven" cemeteries of London, and is a site of major historical, architectural and ecological interest.Arrange your visit to West Norwood Cemetery and discover more family-friendly attractions in London using our London tour planner.
Its grounds are a mixture of historic monumental cemetery and modern lawn cemetery, but it also has catacombs, cremation plots and a columbarium for cinerary ashes. The cemetery's crematorium still operates, and cremation plots are still available, but all the conventional burial plots have been allocated and hence it is closed to new burials pending further agreement under current burial legislation.
The Main gate is located on Norwood Road near the junction with Robson Road, where Norwood Road forks into Norwood High Street and Knights' Hill. It is in the London Borough of Lambeth, (SE27). The local authority are the current owners. The site, with some of its neighbouring streets, forms part of a conservation area.
Reckoned to hold the finest collection of sepulchral monuments in London, it features 69 Grade II and Grade II* listed buildings and structures, including a dedicated Greek Orthodox necropolis with 19 listed mausoleums and monuments. It is one of the Magnificent Seven metropolitan lawn cemeteries of the Victorian era, and its extensive Gothic Revival architecture qualifies it as one of the significant cemeteries in Europe.
West Norwood Cemetery Reviews
I conducted my own visit to the cemetery (which is vast) and was totally overwhelmed. I knew there were many famous people buried here but finding them was difficult independently so I joined one of.... more »
I attached myself to a tour yesterday afternoon with my partner and was told we were going to walk for two and a quarter hours around West Norwood cemetery. We had a brief introduction about the tour.... more »
One of the Magnificent Seven Victorian cemeteries of London. Good for a funeral or for a walk. But if you are walking to the chapel and Crematorium be aware that it is a 10-15 minute walk from the entrance.
On the Open House Weekend this is definitely worth a visit, particularly the Greek Corner.
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