Introduction and Access


The City of London Cemetery first opened its gates on 24th July 1856 . Although located in the area of Manor Park , Newham in East London , the City of London Cemetery is owned and administered by the Corporation of London.

The reason for this goes back to the early part of the nineteenth century. Many churchyards had been operating since the Middle Ages, and by the 1830s, the churchyards in Central London were trying to cope with more than 40,000 deaths per year. Regular cholera epidemics worsened the situation from time to time.

At that time, the Square Mile of the City had 108 parishes, with the dead being interred in vaults, crypts and churchyards, which were becoming dangerously and unhealthily full. For this reason, seven private cemeteries were opened in a ring around London, between 1837 and 1841. By 1852, the Commissioners of Sewers were considering what to do about burials in the City, with many petitions to close existing burial grounds.

In 1853, William Haywood found an excellent site in Aldersbrook Farm, in what was then called Little Ilford. It was purchased for £25 000, and the grounds were laid out as today. As Haywood said “It is currently suited for the purpose of a cemetery – no extent of planting could effect in less than half a century what is already laid out on the spot in question”.

For more information, visit the City of London Cemetery & Crematorium website.



The nearest mainline station is Manor Park . On exiting the station, turn left and walk down Forest Road for about half a mile. The Cemetery is just past the mini roundabout at the junction with Aldersbrook Road .


The nearest tube station is Wanstead, on the Central Line. From the station, cross The Green, and walk along Cambridge Road to the 101 stop, adjacent to George Green. Take the 101 bus west to the Cemetery. The stop is at the junction of Wanstead Park Avenue and Aldersbrook Road .


The cemetery is situated on the A116. The parking facilities just outside the cemetery gates are suitable for a number of cars or minibuses. If you wish to come by coach, special arrangements should be made with the Cemetery Administrator when booking.


The 101 bus stops close to the Cemetery. This runs between Wanstead Tube Station or Manor Park and Becton.


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