Established by Act of Parliament, it opened in 1840 and was originally known as the West London and Westminster Cemetery.
Brompton Cemetery, consecrated by the Bishop of London in June 1840, is one of the Britain’s oldest and most distinguished garden cemeteries. Some 35,000 monuments, from simple headstones to substantial mausolea, now mark the resting place of more than 205,000 burials.
The site includes large plots for family mausolea and common graves where coffins are piled deep into the earth, as well as a small columbarium.
Brompton was closed to burials between 1952 and 1996, but is once again a working cemetery, with plots for interments and a ‘Garden of Remembrance’ for the deposit of cremated remains.
Beatrix Potter (1866-1943), an English author famous for her children’s books, specially The Tale of Peter Rabbit, lived nearby and it is said to have taken the names of many of her animal characters from tombstones in the cemetery.
Location: The official address of Brompton Cemetery is Old Brompton Road in West Brompton, SW10, in Chelsea. The Main Gate (or North Gate) is near the junction with Kempsford Gardens. The closest tube to this gate is West Brompton (District Line & London Overground).
There is another gate (the South Gate), located on the Fulham Road near the junction with Hortensia Road. The closest tube to the South Gate is Fulham Broadway Tube Station (District Line). Once out of the tube, turn to your left (towards the Chelsea FC Stadium) and keep straight on via Fulham Road, it is a 10-15 minutes’ walk from the station.
Here is one of the little friends one can normally bump into… the grey squirrel.
For more information please visit the official website www.royalparks.org.uk.