Greater London England
Postal Code: N2 9AG
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The cemetery, at 190 acres, is the largest in the UK, so large that the cemetery provides a minibus service from the High Road entrance throughout the site.There is ample space for car-parking throughout the cemetery. The novelist Thomas Hardy was one of its key architects.Among the many famous and infamous people interred are artist Ford Madox-Brown,the original Pearly King Henry Croft, Islington's first mayor Sir William Crump
and tragic, alleged murder victim Cora Crippen , wife of the notorious Dr Hawley Harvey Crippen.Recently introduced at the east end and by the chapel are vaults and mausolea(Columbaria).Historically there are 2 separate cemeteries dating back to 1854 within the same boundary. Although a joint venture was set up in 2004 they are still operated as two separate cemeteries as the land is owned by both Camden and Islington in approximately 4 tranches. Islington owns the left hand side with Islington Chapel in it as well as the part with the Crematorium.
The Commonwealth Wargraves Commission still regard St Pancras and Islington as separate but although both cemeteries have the same postcode and share common entrance gates, for the purposes of Findagrave, we will keep these separate.
They are managed by Islington and Camden Cemetery Services (ICCS) which is a joint service set up in June 2004 by the London Boroughs of Islington and Camden.
Over 100 graves from both wars form a war graves plot.The plot also contains a number of headstones removed from graves scattered elsewhere in the cemetery that could not be maintained. A further memorial bears the names of 27 casualties whose graves could not be marked individually, and six First World War casualties buried in adjacent Islington Cemetery who could not be commemorated there. There are now 299 First World War commemorations in St Pancras Cemetery, including 1 unidentified sailor of the Royal Navy, and 207 from the Second World War. There are 5 foreign national burials and 1 non-war service burial here. Total number of Identified Casualties: 514.There is a mass grave for St Pancras Civilian War Dead of the second world war and there are also interments of civilian casualties of enemy air raids in the Great War.The cemetery also has a plot where some remains from Bunhill Fields were re-interred and an area marked by the Rowton House Memorial plot where very many former residents are interred.
(text by Geoffrey Gillon)
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