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Camberwell Old Cemetery
Forest Hill Rd
Camberwell
London Borough of Southwark
Greater London  England
Postal Code: SE22 0SQ

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The two Camberwell cemeteries are within close proximity to one another in Honor Oak, South London, Both have noteworthy burials and architecture and they are an important source of socioeconomic data in recording the historical growth and changing demography in the community for this part of Southwark over the past 160 years
Camberwell Old Cemetery is located on Forest Hill Road, ( the entrance is located at Underhill Road.) and covers approximately 30 acres It is part of the second wave of mid 19th century cemeteries that were established in London to solve the problem of overcrowding in church yards. The first wave of cemeteries are commonly known as the Magnificent Seven.The site was purchased in 1855 by the Camberwell Cemetery Board.It was originally meadow land, which was then designated as a Burial Ground of St Giles, Camberwell. The first interment took place on the 3rd July 1856, over 30,000 burials took place in the subsequent 30 years. In 1874 the cemetery was expanded by a further seven acres. This cemetery contains 285 First World War burials. The war graves plot is in the north-east corner of the cemetery and contains two screen walls. One commemorates almost 160 casualties buried in the plot, the other bears the names of those buried in the remaining war graves scattered throughout the cemetery that could not be individually marked. The war graves plot also contains a group of special memorials to the 14 casualties of the Second World War buried in the cemetery. By 1984, 300,000 burials had been carried out at the cemetery. There are many fine examples of gothic revival architecture. The lodge and chapels were designed by George Gilbert Scott's architecture firm who also designed St Pancras station and the Albert Memorial. When burials were transferred to the New Cemetery the chapel fell into disrepair and was eventually demolished. Later the architectural importance of the lodge was recognised and when it was destroyed by fire in the 1970s it was restored rather than being torn down. On 1st and 21st July 1944 V1 flying bombs landed in the cemetery. The blasts caused damage to surrounding properties, but no casualties.
Notable graves in the Old Cemetery
Albert Edward McKenzie VC
William Stanlake VC
Charles Waters, founder of the International Bible Reading Association
James John Berkeley, chief engineer of the Great Indian Peninsular Railway
(text by Geoffrey Gillon 11.11.2011)
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