Camberwell Old Cemetery
Coronavirus (COVID-19) service update
In line with updated guidance from national government, from 25 April, Camberwell Old Cemetery is open to the public daily. Opening times are:
- 8.30am to 8.30pm in April
- 8.30am to 9pm in May
This brings the closing time in line with Southwark’s other parks and open spaces during the emergency period, to give everyone additional time to visit safely while maintaining social distancing. You can find closing times for parks and open spaces throughout the year on this webpage.
Cemetery closure for funerals
The cemetery will be closed when funerals are taking place to help make the area safer for grieving family and friends, at an incredibly difficult time. Please note that some closures for funerals may be at short notice. We appreciate your patience and understanding.
Guidance for visitors
In line with government guidance, we're opening cemeteries in Southwark to allow those who have lost loved ones the opportunity to pay their respects. Please respect our cemeteries as places of reflection by following this guidance:
- stay on the paths and not on lawns unless attending to a grave
- do not enter wooded areas
- cemeteries should only be used for exercise in line with national guidance (one form of exercise per day, no group gatherings)
- please keep all dogs on leads to assist with social distancing; commercial dog walking is not allowed in cemeteries at this time
- staff are focusing on maintaining a safe, quiet and respectful environment for grieving families during these difficult times; abuse of our staff will not be tolerated
Toilets remain closed at this time. The Bereavements Services offices located in Camberwell New Cemetery remain open for current funeral enquires only via the kiosk service, all other enquiries are via email or phone 0207 525 5600.
Blue Badge visitors with vehicle access is by appointment only. Please contact the Bereavement Services office 48 hours in advance to make arrangements for the gates to be opened.
The number of attendees to a funeral is currently limited to ten. This is in line with neighbouring authorities and professional body guidance and is to help with social distancing measures.
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.
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're 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're 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're concerned about how the council is using your data, contact our Data Protection Officer or phone 020 7525 5000.
More information about your rights is available on our website or via the Information Commissioner.
Page last updated: 26 January 2021