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The cemetery is in the 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 Mitcham St. Olave which was itself created in 1905 from the Ancient Parishan Ancient Parish is a Church of England parish which, until the 19th century, had both ecclesiastical and civil functions of Mitcham St. Peter and St. Paul
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Friends of Surrey Cemeteries (Surrey Cemeteries: a survey, 2012):
Rowan Road B272, London road, Mitcham SW16 5JG. Opened 1911, 2 chapels and lodge, crematorium 1936. 70 acres. The Crematorium Company (Dignity), SW16 5JG. 0208 679 4164.
Began as the Great Southern Cemetery with aim of acquiring 80 acres to meet the requirements of south Londoners. Prospectus issued 1890 but nothing happened for 17 years. Successful (according to 1970 Company prospectus) in catering for 20% of south London burials. Anglican and R C chapels built to designs of John Bannen. In 1936 crematorium built also by Bannen in stripped classical (foundations in place 1913, cost £11,000). Anglican chapel has been converted into offices. There was much clearing of stones and trees in the 1970s. Substantial investment in buildings and grounds recently however.
Gardens were laid out by Major L Milner White whose firm designed many gardens of rest. Wide variety of monuments. Few headstones of note although one to a cyclist – Maurice C Selbach 1935 aged 46 – of interest “lived as he died, a cyclist”. Interments close together now with no space between. Variety Artistes’ Benevolent fund closely linked to cemetery. A large stone bears the names of 200 variety artists buried between 1921 and 1944.
Visited 2011. At rear of cemetery (south side) some gardens had been purchased for additional space and ground had been built up for reuse including a Muslim section – Waadi Al Salaam, Valley of Peace – about half an acre. Also a small liberal Jewish area. A further small Muslim area. Several sections of black marble above ground crypts – grave digger told us they could take two burials. Babies area near entrance with pink gravel between graves.
Poor Servants of the Mother of God burial area in plot 22 covering 1942 to 1966. CWGC cross. Some planted trees. Chestnuts around edge. Grass longish. Two well kept rose gardens. Near entrance a black and granite 3ft high mausoleum surrounded by black metal railings with yellow and green daffodils within the pattern (repeated on one of the mausolea in the main mausolea area. Many flowers on graves and lots of visitors. Quite a catholic feel to many of the memorials, loads of Madonnas and many photo graves. Memorial to Redemptorists 1932 to date. Quite a lot of interest.
No photography allowed – company policy, fear of identity theft apparently.
Streatham Park 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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