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Richmond Cemetery

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War graves in Richmond Cemetery (06)

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Richmond Cemetery is located 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 Richmond Holy Trinity.

The Surrey Monumental Inscriptions Library has just over 2,700 names from Richmond Cemetery.
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Friends of Surrey Cemeteries (Surrey Cemeteries: a survey, 2012):

Lower Grove road. Opened 1853, 2 chapels and lodge. 15 acres now closed.

Richmond BC, East Sheen Cemetery Office, Sheen Road, Richmond, TW10 5BJ. 0208 876 4511. Burial register searchable online. Section plan available for £2. is a site which includes names and photos of 485 graves in this cemetery.

Two lugubrious Gothic chapels. Non conformist bought for residential use in 1982 has heavy plate tracery and sculpted decoration. Anglican Early English ragstone designed by Sir Arthur Blomfield built about 1870.

Origins unclear – 1.5 acres provided by George III. Burial Board not formed until 1868. Enlarged 1873 with a wall separating Anglican from non-conformist areas – this caused some unhappiness. Few present when new area consecrated by Bishop of Winchester. Two large memorials in northern half – granite cenotaph designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens, foundation stone laid by General Smuts in 1915 marks graves of South African soldiers killed in the Great War. Nearby a classical structure from the 1950s commemorating deaths in Richmond’s Star and Garter home.

Visited 2006 - entered via East Sheen (car gate between old and new open 10-4), Old Richmond separated from East Sheen by double fence containing a footpath. Chapel locked but old graveyard accessible via rear of chapel. Cemetery lodge now a private house. New cemetery really an extension of East Sheen – more municipal than East Sheen and with very average memorials in numerous rows. Old cemetery has much character with curving paths and some good memorials – now somewhat overgrown despite some new burials within the older areas.

WSFHS CD15(The Surrey Burial Index) has christening records for Richmond Holy Trinity from 1870 to 1875. See our sales page for more information (opens in a new page).

The area is sometimes known as Sheen or East Sheen or as Richmond. They are all localities in the London Borough of Richmond

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.

The Richmond Index will show you all the churches and cemeteries we know of in that part of the London Borough of Richmond which was in the Ancient County of Surreythe Ancient County means Surrey before the administrative counties were created in 1889.

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