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Wimbledon, Gap Road Cemetery

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WSFHS has war grave records for Gap Road Cemetery
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The cemetery is in the Ancient Parishan Ancient Parish is a Church of England parish which, until the 19th century, had both ecclesiastical and civil functions of Wimbldeon St Mary’s parish
West Surrey Family History Society CD10(The Surrey Burial Index) has burial records for Wimbledon St. Mary from 1593 to 1865

WSFHS CD15 (Surrey Baptisms Not in the IGI) has baptismal records for:
WSFHS CD28 (Ancient Parishes in the Kingston District) has baptismal records for Wimbledon St. Mary from 1538 to 1840, marriages from 1594 to 1837, and burials from 1593 to 1840

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Friends of Surrey Cemeteries (Surrey Cemeteries: a survey, 2012):

Gap Road B235, Wimbledon. Opened 1876, 20 acres. 2 Chapels, lodge, office and mortuary. Merton BC, London Road, Morden SM4 5DX. 02085 453 666.

Two Gothic chapels by Sir Banister Fletcher built and cemetery laid out for £6,000 but “very undistinguished” per Mellor – glass roofed mortuary in centre. Mortuary and RC chapel now unused. New graves only in traditional & cremation areas + public graves.

Cooke mausoleum of 1885 its best building – Italianate structure with pink and grey granite and stained glass – now vandalised. Memorial to Belgian refugees who died in area during the Great War. Also many Irish.

SHC 6090/1/37 Burial Register Index 1855-1883. Name and number only plus dates for 1856/7/8 TNA Kew HO45/22895 burial register 1926-1949. Plots 1-38,971 Nov 1876- Jun 2010 scanned on DeceasedOnline website.

Visited 2008 and found to be a well-kept and interesting cemetery with the exception of the horrible brick mortuary in the centre. Chapels attractive and in good condition, both with spires. Entrance lodge now a private dwelling but office building alongside, no toilet. Cross of sacrifice. Fencing around cemetery with obsolete gates and brick pillars on east side of cemetery extension (fox seen in factory yard there). Area of allotments also remaining on east side nearer road. Railway forms western boundary.

Very little laying down but quite a lot of broken graves. Several avenues of mature trees. Rather overgrown but a pleasant cemetery. Very few visitors. Mellor quotes 1896 but Webb says 1876 which looks to be more likely opening date.
Wimbledon 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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