2012-07-12

Kensal Green Cemetery

Link to Kensal Green Cemetery Online

“Located in the heart of London, and traversing the borders of Kensington & Chelsea and Hammersmith & Fulham is one of London’s oldest and most distinguished public burial grounds.

"Inspired by the cemetery of Pere-Lachaises in Paris and founded in 1833 by the Barrister George Frederick Carden, Kensal Green Cemetery comprises of 72 acres of beautiful grounds, including two conservation areas, and adjoins the Grand Union canal.

"...  The Cemetery is owned and managed by the General Cemetery Company as a burial place and crematorium. Cemeteries and crematoria are essential local services, the aim being a sympathetic environment for the dignified burial of the dead. This is unusual for a major historic cemetery still to be in private hands, let alone the founding company As well as an historic place of interest, Kensal Green Cemetery also is a large area of green open land within the borough of Kensington and Chelsea, with a wildlife habitat.



Link to web site
'The Friends of Kensal Green Cemetery'

"We offer a two-hour introductory tour -- covering the history, architecture and many famous incumbents of the cemetery every Sunday from the beginning of March to the end of October, and the first and third Sunday of the month only in November, December, January and February. Tours begin at 14:00 from the Anglican Chapel in the centre of the grounds, and finish around two hours later with tea and biscuits at the Dissenters’ Chapel, adjacent to Ladbroke Grove. 

"On the first and third Sunday of each month, this tour also descends to the catacomb beneath the Anglican Chapel. Tours are offered in all weathers, so please wear appropriate outdoor clothing and walking shoes — and also please note that the catacomb, although safe and clean, is not suitable for children under the age of 12.

"There is no need to book on the regular Sunday tours, unless you are planning to bring a group of more than ten. Private tours can be arranged on any day of the week, and the Friends also offer a variety of specialist tours that can be tailored as outings for societies, clubs and schools. A suggested donation of £7 per person (concessions £5) will help to support the Friends' work in helping to maintain, study and attract visitors to Kensal Green."

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