East Finchley Cemetery
Welcome East Finchley Cemetery web page
Originally called St. Marylebone Cemetery, it was formerly managed by St Marylebone Borough Council. It later became the responsibility of the City of Westminster following the local government re-organisation in 1965.
The name formally changed to East Finchley when the Westminster City Council re-aquired the cemetery in the early 1990's. Please see the pages below for the history of ths burial dating back 1854.
Green Flag Accreditation
East Finchley cemetery won its first Green Flag in 2007 and subsequently in 2008, 2009 and 2010. What is a green flag? Click on this link to view green flag judging criteria. The site Management Plan can also be viewed by clicking on the highlighted link. Standards at this cemetery are impeccable and It is worth noting that East Finchley was also voted Cemetery of the Year in 2007.
Management of the Service
The cemetery is managed by the Parks Service in conjunction with Contractors - Continental Landscapes Ltd. Click on highlighted link to contact the Parks Service or the Cemeteries management direct on T: 0208 567 0913 F:0208 579 1750.
Opening and Closing Times
|Nov - Feb||Mar - Oct|
|Monday to Friday||08:30am to 16:30pm||08:30am to 18:00pm|
|Saturdays, Sundays & Public Holidays||11:00am to 16:00pm||11:00am to 18:00pm|
|Chapels - Mon - Fri||09.00am to 16.30pm|
Address: East End Road, East Finchley, London, N2 0RZ.
How to get there:
Bus Routes: 143 and 143A both stop in East End Road outside of the Cemetery.
Tube: Nearest Underground Stations are East Finchley and Finchley Central on the Northern Line. (It should be noted that Finchley Central is a good 20 minute walk from the cemetery and East Finchley is a good 10 minute walk)
By car: If you are approaching along the North Circular you will need to take the Falloden Way turn off, then left into Market Place and left into Ossulton Way. Then it is left again on to East End Road and the entrance to the cemetery is on your left.
Please visit the Transport for London for more detailed information about public transport in the area.
The 47 acres of land comprising East Finchley Cemetery, formerly known as "Newmarket farm", were purchased by the St. Marylebone Burial Board in 1854 for the creation of the cemetery. The architects for the cemetery were Barnet & Birch Ltd., who submitted a design for a cemetery in a competition in January 1854 and began their project in May that year. The two Cedar of Lebanon trees were planted on the front lawn in 1856.
Up to the present date over 22,000 private grave spaces have been dug within the cemetery with a limited number still available for sale.
|January 1854||Architects Barnet & Birch win competition to design new cemetery|
|1854||St. Marylebone Burial Board purchase the 47 acres of land that comprised Newmarket farm.|
|13th March 1855||Bishop of London consecrates cemetery.|
|14th March 1855||First interment in new cemetery.|
|1856||Cedars of Lebanon were planted on the front lawn.
|1937||Opening of the Crematorium by Councilor G.B. Ramsay.|
|1965||The cemetery was transferred to the City of Westminster under the local Government re-organization.|
Famous Names / Memorials of special Interest:
|Sir Henry Bishop||
Professor of Music at Oxford and operatic composer.
|Sir Robert Harmsworth||Newspaper Publisher - Lutyen's Memorial.|
|Lord Northcliffe||Founder of the Daily Mail.|
|Thomas Skarratt Hall||Australian colonist.|
|Sir Joseph Chamberlain||Brother of Neville Chamberlain.|
|Sir George Hayter||Queen victoria's principal painter in ordinary.|
|Algernon Borthwick 1st Baron||Glenesk - Memorial chapel and Mausoleum.|
|Thomas Henry Huxley||Man of Science.|
|Heath Robinson||Artist, cartoonist specialising in complicated designs|
On Remembrance Avenue there is a small plot of military graves administered by the Commonwealth Graves Commission.
You can visit the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website by clicking on this link.
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