Camberwell Old Cemetery

Opening times

1 April to 30 September

  • Monday to Saturday, 8.30am to 7pm
  • Sunday and Bank Holidays, 10am to 7pm

1 October to 31 March

  • Monday to Saturday, 8.30am to 5pm
  • Sunday and Bank Holidays, 10am to 5pm
  • Christmas Day, 10am to 2pm

Location

Forest Hill Road, London, SE22 0RU
Entrance - Forest Hill Road

How to get there

Train - Honor Oak Park and Peckham Rye train station
Bus -  63, 363 and P13 (bus stops on Brenchley Gardens, Forest Hill Road and Underhill Road)
Car / bike - available parking but no designated spaces

History of the park

In the 1850s, the Camberwell Burial Board was established to solve the problem of Camberwell's burial shortage in its churchyards. In 1855, the board bought 30 acres of meadow land and established it as the Burial Ground of St Giles, Camberwell.

The cemetery has fine examples of gothic revival architecture. The lodge and chapels were designed by George Gilbert Scott's architecture firm, who also designed St Pancras station and the Albert Memorial.

By 1984, 300,000 burials had been carried out at the cemetery. Camberwell New Cemetery was founded in 1901 in order to provide more space. The majority of burials now take place in this cemetery.

Page last updated: 04 August 2017