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


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 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 or on 020 7525 5000.

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

Page last updated: 27 April 2018