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The Surrey Monumental Inscriptions Library has no records for Battersea Cemetery.

The cemetery is also known as St. Mary's Cemetery or Battersea Rise Cemetery.
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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 Battersea Rise, St Mark.

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

Battersea Rise, Bollingbroke Grove SW11 1HE. Opened 1860, closed 1960. 8.5 acres. Chapel. Wandsworth BC, Putney Vale Cemetery.

Parish churchyard closed to burials 1853 and 9 member burial board formed and 8.5 acres purchased. Small L shaped cemetery. Iron gates and a rebuilt lodge plus a pair of tiny Gothic chapels. (one unused). Designed by Charles Lee of Golden Square, built by Adamsons & Sons of Putney. Total cost £8,000. Conservation area. Plane trees and poplars, vandalism and council policy of laying flat unstable headstones. Many rhyming epitaphs from the local school of poets. Tombstone designs less interesting however.

Medical Officer of Health report in 1870s said 10,500 burials by 1873 since opening in 1860. 1098 in 1873. The 8 acres would soon be full. Common graves left open, holding 14 adults or 26 children each. There appears to be less than required layer of earth between coffins. Burials now taking place in the 4ft between graves leaving only 2ins between coffins.

In Apr 1880 the Vestry of Battersea decided to purchase the Earlsfield estate for a 34 acre new cemetery for Battersea. St Mary’s closed to common interments on sanitary grounds Apr 1881. Census of London burials in Aug 1889 showed 24,600 burials at St Marys. In Jan 1900 Adelaide Hemmings aged 26 was charged with attempted suicide in the cemetery after taking chloroform there.

Battersea Library, 265 Lavender Hill has Battersea BB minutes 1855-93 and accounts 1890-96 plus burial register 1860-1935 (with some gaps). Cemetery said to be closed 1960 but 21stC burials found.

Visited 2011 - Nice avenues of English trees on north-south axis. Chapels locked up but looked to be in reasonable condition. Metal gates and fencing/walls along roads and backs of houses. Lodge painted green but would appear to be private now. Recent burials especially in south eastern area. North eastern full of headstones. Nothing spectacular although Parsee memorial nice and several headstones with glass pictures (Whittingham) and inlays (Glassborow). Also relief of boy with woman in the background below female statue (Montford). Some vandalism and laying down. Main gates chained up at night. Pedestrian gate in northwest corner. No facilities but the odd seat.

WSFHS CD24(A 2nd Collection of Surrey Baptisms not in The IGI) has baptismal records for:
WSFHS CD29(A 2nd Collection of Metropolitan Surrey Burials) has burial records for

WSFHS CD39. (A 3rd Collection of Surrrey Baptisms) has christening records for:
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Battersea is a district in the London Borough of Wandsworth

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

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