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Brookwood Cemetery

Cemetery / Mausoleum

Cemetery Pales
Brookwood
Woking
Surrey
GU24 0BL

Tel: + 44 (0)1483 472222

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Brookwood Cemetery

The London Necroplis National Mausoleum Company formed 1852 to cope with with volume of London's in the mid 19th century.

2000 acres of Wokings common lands were acquired from Lord Onslow. 40 acres were initially planted out (1854) for the cemetery at the western end of the estate. As Brookwood could be reached cheaply and conveniently only by railway, the London and South West Railway was engaged to convey coffins and mourners from Waterloo to the cemetery.

Private stations were provided at both ends of the journey (at Brookwood there were two stations to serve each half of the cemetery), Brookwood cemetery was consecrated by the Bishop of Winchester in 1854 and opened to the public on 13th November, 1854. Since then 240,000 people have been buried there. Plots could be reserved by parishes or other groups, individuals had complete freedom over the site and position of the grave plot (provided you could afford the price); the military cemeteries, separately administered by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission were began in 1917 and extended substantially during and after W.W. II.

The funeral trains stopped running to the cemetery after the Necropolis Company's London terminus was bombed in1941. The Glades of Remembrance, an area set aside for burial of cremated remains opened 1950. Necropolis Company was dissoloved c1975. Although the grounds have changed hands several times the cemetery remains privately owned and operated by Mr. R. Guney.

For information on guided walks of the Cemetary please visit the Brookwood Society website.
 

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