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Battersea New Cemetery at Morden

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The cemetery is owned and managed by the London Borough of Wandsworth and located in the London Borough of Merton

West Surrey Family History Society holds only war grave information for this cemetery
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Opened 17 Mar 1891 by the St Mary Battersea Burial Board.

70 acres. Chapel and lodges.

North East Surrey Crematorium opened 1958 in right hand chapel by Earl of Verulam, president of Cremation Society. Merton & Sutton joint cemetery opened to south west of cemetery in 1947, separated by Green lane.

The Battersea Board proposed a new cemetery at Rosehill Park, Sutton which was acceptable to the Government Medical Officer of Health but there was opposition. A public meeting at the Sutton local board accepted the offer for the site, opponents refused to speak and 400 voted in favour with only 9 against. However the Home Secretary refused a licence in Nov 1887.

In Dec 1889 the Home Secretary approved the purchase of Hobald’s Farm Morden, 127 acres of which 50% to be used.

Cemetery built by Battersea Burial Board, 2 chapels designed by William Poole cost £16,545. Bishop of Rochester consecrated the Anglican section 20 Feb 1892. Already 30 n/c graves.

Catholic portion consecrated by Rt Rev Francis Bourne, Bishop of Southwark 24 Apr 1897. 5 wooden crosses – one in centre and one at middle of each side of ground.

2005 burial chapel also converted for cremation services. New Hall of Memory constructed adjacent to Gardens of Remembrance.

Visited in 2010 and found to be well-kept and well patronised. Very clean toilets. Many seats in the central area around the crematorium, columbarium and rose gardens very imposing drive – wide and flanked by poplars. Well-kept with sensible un-mown areas where burials not yet commenced. One of the best “modern” cemeteries we have visited.

The cemetery is in Ancient Parishan Ancient Parish is a Church of England parish which, until the 19th century, had both ecclesiastical and civil functions of Morden St Lawrence. As well as St, Lawrence itself the modern ecclesiastical parishan ecclesiastical parish is an administrative area within the Church of England or Roman Catholic church. It is distinct from the civil parish, a local government unit in England of Morden includes the Anglican churches of Morden St Martin, Morden St. George and Morden Emmanuel.

WSFHS CD10(The Surrey Burial Index - 2nd edition 2009) has burial records for Morden St Lawrence for 1634 to 1865

WSFHS CD15 (Surrey Baptisms Not in the IGI - 2nd edition 2009) has baptismal records for Morden St Lawrence for 1813 to 1876

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Battersea New cemetery is in the London Borough of Merton.

Unless otherwise stated the dates for the creation of parishes are taken from Youngs, Frederick. A., Guide to the Administrative Units of England; Royal Historical Society: London, 1979 volume 1 Southern England.

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