Golders Green Crematorium

Golders Green isn't a cemetery. It's London's first crematorium, opened in 1902, and as such, has very few monuments. Those who are commemorated here mostly have small plaques attached to the walls of the cloisters, or more lately, to plants in the grounds. The grounds themselves are beautifully kept gardens which surround the central lawn on which ashes can be scattered.

It's worth a look for several features: the Philipson mausoleum by Lutyens, which is beautifully modern but oddly reminiscent of a municipal car park; Peagram's disturbing bronze "Into the Silent Land"; a temple-like war memorial with the names of service personnel cremated here; the names of some of the famous which can be spotted amongst the plaques.

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