Place:City of London Cemetery and Crematorium, Redbridge (London Borough), Greater London, England

NameCity of London Cemetery and Crematorium
Coordinates51.56°N 0.048°E
Located inRedbridge (London Borough), Greater London, England     (1965 - )
Also located inEssex, England     ( - 1965)
Greater London, England     (1965 - )
See alsoWanstead, Essex, Englandclosest urban area
NOTE: At present (August 2019) the Wikipedia article states that the cemetery is in the London Borough of Newham. However, after checking local maps and coming across references to the cemetery in at least two articles on the churches of the City of London, the writer has come to the conclusion that the Wikipedia author is in error. The cemetery is located in the London Borough of Redbridge between the urban areas of Wanstead and Ilford. The writer has therefore changed the title of this WeRelate article and advised Wikipedia of the problem. It is hoped that this note can be removed soon.

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The City of London Cemetery and Crematorium is a cemetery and crematorium in the east of London. It is approximately 280 acres in size, with its own crematorium.

It is owned and operated by the City of London Corporation. It is designated Grade I on the Historic England National Register of Historic Parks and Gardens. Anyone may be interred at the City of London Cemetery irrespective of city connections or religious beliefs. Old graves which have not been used for more than 75 years are used (provided they are known to have depth for at least two more burials).

The cemetery is on the northeast side of Aldersbrook Road, in Manor Park, in the London Borough of Redbridge, near Epping Forest. The closest urban areas are Wanstead and Ilford.

In the mid 19th century the condition of the City of London's churchyards were considered to be a potential health risk to the inhabitants. The Commissioners responsible for public hygiene and sanitation (and also, in effect, also the burial board for the City of London), directed that a cemetery be built for the city's 106 parishes, to replace intramural interment (burial within the confines of a parish).

In 1853 this led to the purchase of land owned by the 2nd Duke of Wellington, forming most of the Manor of Aldersbrook. The 200 acres (0.81 km2) of land suited the construction of the cemetery because it was accessible (only 7 miles (11 km) from the City of London), and had attractive planting and porous, gravelly, well-drained soil. This former farm land was sold to the Corporation for £30,721 and the cemetery was founded in 1854. It was laid out in 1855 with 89 acres (360,000 m2) designated for burials but also reserved land for plots sold in perpetuity, buildings, landscaping and roads.

The first interment was on 24 June 1856, and it is estimated that in 1858 around 2,700 interments took place. Approximately 600,000 people have been interred here directly and remains from over 30 London churchyards have also placed on the site. The total number of burials from its opening to the early part of the 21st century is approaching 1 million.

A crematorium was built at the beginning of the 20th century, and another in 1971.

For more information, see the EN Wikipedia article City of London Cemetery and Crematorium.

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