18th January 2019

We are delighted to announce that Lambeth Council have secured a £4.6m Heritage Lottery Grant for West Norwood Cemetery. HDD, as Lead Consultant, have been working closely with Lambeth Council over the last 2 years to prepare the HLF Round 2 application.

One of London’s large ‘Magnificent Seven’ cemeteries, West Norwood was established in 1836 to relieve the overcrowding in small parish graveyards caused by the huge increase in the Capital’s population during the 19th Century. The Grade II* listed cemetery is home to 69 listed monuments, many of which have become run down in recent years.

The grant funding will enable the following works to be undertaken:

  • A new Visitor Centre, formed from the remodelling and extension of the existing lodge building will also accommodation for bereavement service staff
  • Two significant new pedestrian entrances at Hubbard Road and Robson Road to provide better access to the cemetery
  • Restoration of 16 Grade II* & Grade II listed monuments and their subsequent removal from Historic England’s Heritage at Risk register
  • Conservation and repair of the Grade II* listed St. Stephens Chapel, to facilitate use as a gallery and public events space
  • Improved signage and new wayfinding aids
  • Major infrastructure works to Listed boundary walls, drainage and carriageways

This will all be delivered whilst continuing to operate as an active cemetery and crematorium.  Increased and improved management will protect and enhance the cemetery’s biodiversity, whilst still respecting and celebrating its important heritage.

Some famous burials at the site include:

Paul Julius de Reuter, founder of Reuters News Agency

Charles W. Alcock, founder of the FA Cup and the organiser of the first Test cricket match in England

Mrs Isabella Beeton, author of Beeton’s The Book of Household Management