Nunhead Cemetery

Opening times

Nunhead Cemetery is open daily and the following times apply:

  • 1 April to 3 October, 8.30am to 7pm
  • 4 October to 31 October, 8.30am to 5pm
  • 1 November to 28 February, 8.30am to 4pm
  • 1 March to 31 March, 8.30am to 5pm

Location

Linden Grove, SE15
Entrances - Linden Grove and Limesford Road

How to get there

Car / bike - parking available near both entrances
Cycle - racks available near both entrances
Rail - Nunhead Station
Buses - 78, 343, 484, P12

Facilities and features

  • nature reserve - includes a diverse range of native / exotic plants and a wildlife haven with 16 species of butterfly
  • guided tours - Friends of Nunhead Cemetery (FONC) run tours on the last Sunday of every month at 2.15pm; tours meet at the Linden Grove gates

Find a grave

The cemetery is nearly full and burials now carried out are in family plots.

If you wish to find a grave, you can view records at:

Southwark Council Cemeteries and Crematorium
Camberwell New Cemetery
Brenchley Gardens
London
SE23 3RD

0207 525 5600

If you contact us with the square and the grave number, we'll do our best to locate the grave.

Please note some areas of the cemetery are no longer safe to access

About the park

Nunhead Cemetery is one of Southwark's hidden treasures. It has many magnificent monuments in memory of the most important people of the day as well as smaller headstones that mark common or public burials.

Nunhead Cemetery's history, architecture and stunning views make it a fascinating and beautiful place to visit. While much of the cemetery is mysterious and overgrown, many of its features have recently been restored to their former glory (thanks to support from the Friends of Nunhead Cemetery funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Southwark Council).

History of the park

Nunhead Cemetery opened in 1840 and is the second largest Victorian cemetery in London. It was reopened in May 2001 after an extensive restoration project funded by Southwark Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund. Fifty memorials were restored along with the beautiful Anglican Chapel, designed by Thomas Little.

The East Lodge Restoration

The East Lodge forms one of the pair of lodges framing the northern entrance to Nunhead Cemetery. The East Lodge (Listed Building Grade II) has been on Historic England’s Heritage at Risk Register since 1988 and is now in a state of serious decay. The lodge has had scaffolding and a temporary roof for over 20 years to provide protection and shore up the structure, while decisions on its future were made.

Process

In September 2014, the council agreed to work with the Friends of Nunhead Cemetery to assess the future of the East Lodge. In early 2015, Historic England agreed to help in this assessment by granting funding to Southwark Council to have structural and condition surveys undertaken, and an options appraisal for the lodge produced. The surveys and options appraisal were completed in June 2017 and detail the current condition of the building and provide a series of options and costs for the potential future use of the building.

Current Status

In February 2018, cabinet approved funding of £1 million towards the future restoration of the East Lodge.

Next Steps

Enabling works will be undertaken over the next year and will consist of drainage enhancements, underpinning of the foundations and scaffolding upgrades. This will help stabilise the East Lodge and prevent further deterioration until the full restoration of the lodge is undertaken.

Simultaneously, the council will undertake a feasibility assessment into viable restoration options for the East Lodge.

A project board, consisting of Southwark Council officers, representatives from the Friends of Nunhead Cemetery, Historic England and lead consultants, will be established to manage the restoration of the East Lodge.

How we use your data

Southwark Council uses your personal data to record details of Exclusive Right of Burial & Memorial Rights Grants under the Local Authorities Cemeteries Order 1977 and applications for Cremation under the Cremation Regulations 2007 a statutory instrument of the Cremation Act 1902. We also record details of any leaseholder of memorial schemes operated for the duration of the lease to ensure that we are able to make contact with you regarding the future of your memorial.  We do not need your permission to process your data and failure to provide this information will prevent us from providing services as they are a legal requirement.

Your personal information will only be used by the bereavement services team.  Your personal details on documents will be destroyed after 15 years and information recorded in registers will remain indefinite.

If you are concerned about how the council is using your data, please contact our Data Protection Officer via dpo@southwark.gov.uk or on 020 7525 5000.

More information about your rights is available on our website, or via the Information Commissioner.

Page last updated: 18 May 2018