West Norwood Cemetery
Lambeth Council, in partnership with the Friends of West Norwood Cemetery (FoWNC), have developed a bid for Heritage Lottery Fund investment to repair, conserve and promote the historic and ‘magnificent’ West Norwood Cemetery.
The investment will:
- Conserve this significant national and international landscape and the built structures within it;
- Deliver wider community benefits through increased community uses and an interpretation and activities programme
- Improve access to the site’s heritage as well as its green and tranquil space
- Protect the cemetery’s biodiversity
- Diversify current visitor demographics
- Remove historic memorials from Historic England’s ‘At Risk’ register
- Provide improved visitor and volunteer facilities.
West Norwood Cemetery and crematorium is one of the “Magnificent Seven” cemeteries which were established in the suburbs of London by privately owned cemetery companies during the mid-19th century in response to demands of a rapidly growing city. Opened in 1837, the municipal Cemetery covers over 17 hectares at West Norwood as is now in the ownership of the council.
The cemetery is a Grade II* heritage landscape of national significance and forms the setting for over 60 Grade II and Grade II* listed structures, with 20 memorials and monuments included on Historic England’s ‘Heritage at Risk’ Register. In addition, several other monuments have been identified as having considerable architectural and historic interest.
The ‘New Beginning’ project’s vision is to achieve a balance between burials and bereavement, expanded community uses, nature and landscape and heritage, culture and history, in order to provide an enhanced, and sustainable, community asset.
The project will achieve this through capital works programme and activities and interpretation plans, which include:
- Plans for two new pedestrian entrances, one at Hubbard Road and the other at Robson Road
- A new visitor centre provided within the existing cemetery lodge building
- The repair and conservation of 16 significant monuments and their removal from the ‘Heritage at Risk’ Register.
- Infrastructure works to carriageways, footpaths, drainage and the extensive boundary wall.
- The repair of St Stephens Chapel to bring it into wider public use as a small-scale events venue.
- Interpretation and wayfinding to provide more ways for visitors to learn and explore.
- An activities, volunteering and interpretation programme to encourage new visitors and greater participation.