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Neat bench seen at Brookwood Cemetery Surrey

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Saw this while visiting the cemetery the other day, very neat ......plus other photos, plenty of old trees plus interesting statues...well worth a visit if you are in the area.....

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Brookwood Cemetery was conceived by the London Necropolis Company (LNC) in 1849 to house London's deceased, at a time when the capital was finding it difficult to accommodate its increasing population, of living and dead. The cemetery is said to have been landscaped by architect William Tite, but this is disputed.[9]

In 1854, Brookwood was the largest cemetery in the world (it is no longer). Its initial owner incorporated by Act of Parliament in 1852, Brookwood Cemetery (apart from its northern section, reserved for Nonconformists) was consecrated by Charles Sumner, Bishop of Winchester, on 7 November 1854 and opened to the public on 13 November 1854 when its first burials took place.

In 1858 the London Necropolis Company sold 64 acres of the extra land to the government for the building of Woking Convict Invalid Prison.[10]

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I'm sure I've seen a programme that talked about Brookwood Cemetery. In its day, did it have a rail service from its own dedicated station in London? 

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8 hours ago, Doug Tait said:

I'm sure I've seen a programme that talked about Brookwood Cemetery. In its day, did it have a rail service from its own dedicated station in London? 

Two stations  reached via the Southern platform of Brookwood station, some of the trackbed is still there. It was bought by Necropolis as cheap common land and enclosed as they were the only persons licensed to excavate graves in London church yards which were being sold for development and they needed somewhere to re inter the bodies, subsequently used for burials from London. Latterly it was mostly used by the Moslem community for immediate burial, followed often by repatriation apparently.

 

Now owned by the LA who have a duty to provide plots for the local churches whose own burial grounds are filled up.

 

The military cemetery is managed separately.

 

It's a fascinating place which I don't often visit as I walk mostly with a dog and they are not allowed in the cemetery.

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14 minutes ago, openspaceman said:

Two stations  reached via the Southern platform of Brookwood station, some of the trackbed is still there. It was bought by Necropolis as cheap common land and enclosed as they were the only persons licensed to excavate graves in London church yards which were being sold for development and they needed somewhere to re inter the bodies, subsequently used for burials from London. Latterly it was mostly used by the Moslem community for immediate burial, followed often by repatriation apparently.

 

Now owned by the LA who have a duty to provide plots for the local churches whose own burial grounds are filled up.

 

The military cemetery is managed separately.

 

It's a fascinating place which I don't often visit as I walk mostly with a dog and they are not allowed in the cemetery.

Very interesting. I can remember them talking about the hearse carriage that carried the deceased being attached to the engine, they'd then add enough carriages for the expected mourners. Often there was only the hearse carriage, sad.

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