|Whalebone Lane North, Marks Gate|
London Borough of Barking and Dagenham
Greater London England
Postal Code: RM6 5QX
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Chadwell Heath is a place, parts of which are in Ilford, Essex and now in the London Borough of Redbridge and the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham in Greater London. It is 12 miles north-east of Charing Cross (regarded as the centre of London) The London Borough of Havering is to the east; the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham have two local wards named 'Chadwell Heath' and 'Whalebone', and the London Borough of Redbridge has one named Chadwell. Chadwell Heath is therefore split between the two Boroughs and three wards. Royal Mail includes Chadwell Heath as part of a postcode district (RM6) of the Romford post town but Romford and Chadwell Heath are otherwise separate places and in different London boroughs. Some sources claim that is named from Chaudewell, meaning cold spring or stream and that it was first recorded in 1254.The area had an alternative name, recorded in 1440 as Blackhethe, meaning dark coloured heath. Legend also has it that Saint Chad used this spring or "well" for baptising converts during his missionary works – there is a plaque and commemorative post in Billet Road, marking the reputed site of Saint Chad's Well on the Heath.
The first interment took place on 1st June 1934-the registers are with the Borough Council.This 11-acre site was originally opened in 1934.It is now full to new burials, but the area of land immediately to the north is undergoing development work to create a new 8 acre burial site for the borough.There is also a dedicated children's section as well as a peaceful memorial garden for burying cremated remains.There is an Art Deco-style chapel at the front of the cemetery which can seat up to 60 people. ( text by Geoffrey Gillon)