Streatham Cemetery

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Streatham is one of the nicer cemeteries in this corner of London: small, but nicely set out with curving paths, and a pair of chapels with beautiful porches, separated from each other by a couple of hundred yards. Opened in 1892, it's now mostly closed to new burials, though some interments in existing graves do still happen: two last week, but none this, I'm told.

The source of my information on burials is the excellent Barry, employee of Wandsworth Council, who shares with Jean Pateman the dubious honour of being the only cemetery personnel who've trying to stop me taking photos. Assured that I wasn't taking pictures of new graves (well, there aren't any) or inscriptions newer than 100 years or actual mourners, he kindly let me carry on. He also informed me about Streatham's tragedy: the schoolchild who during one night decapitated a number of the anthropomorphic statues in the cemetery. She was caught - apparently - with a store of angel heads beneath her bed, but was too young to be prosecuted.

Visiting: Earlsfield rail station or Tooting tube, and then buses 44, 77 or 270, which all stop outside the cemetery. Probably try to avoid Wandsworth Council staff, but there were absolutely no mourners there when I visited; I'm told there are rarely many.

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6 Responses to Streatham Cemetery

  1. Dear Sir , I'm the sister of Edward Taliana who passed away in March 1966 can u tell me where is his grave and what st and no? I'm caming from Australia and like to visit him
    Tania Taliana Cesario

  2. Susan Moore says:

    I am looking for my grandfather's grave. His name was William Charles Edgar Moore and he died in May 1914. He is burried in Streatham Cemetery. Can you give me any information please. I live in Australia and I am visiting London in May and would like to see his grave. Many thanks. Susan Moore

  3. michael James says:

    I will be visiting London on June 29th and 30th. My brother and namesake, Michael Gordon James was an infant when he was buried in Streatham in December 1962. I will be visiting on a weekend. I am aware that staff will not be avialable. How would I locate his grave site.

    Mike James

  4. I have a grandad called Robert vallard he died eather in 1987 or 1988 I would like to know where hes buried please much appreciated if you can tell me thank you

  5. mr montrose says:

    im looking for my grandfathers grave Charlie Montrose or Johnston he died in 1962 March/ April of that year i think i have an appointment to see you but maybe you can tell me if you locate

    his grave

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