Coronavirus (COVID-19) service update
In line with updated guidance from national government, from 25 April, Nunhead 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 are 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
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: email@example.com or telephone 0207 525 5600.
Blue Badge visitors that require 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. Funerals
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.
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
0207 525 5600
If you contact us with the square and the grave number, we'll do our best to locate the grave.
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.
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.
In February 2018, cabinet approved funding of £1 million towards the future restoration of the East Lodge.
The Enabling Works construction contract, consisting of stabilisation works, scaffolding upgrades, drainage enhancements, and the underpinning of the foundations, was awarded in July 2019. These works will help stabilise the East Lodge and prevent further deterioration until the full restoration of the lodge is undertaken.
A project board, consisting of Southwark Council officers, representatives from the Friends of Nunhead Cemetery, Historic England and specialist consultants, has been established and meets regularly to manage the restoration of the East Lodge.
Construction works update
Enabling works to the East Lodge at the Linden Grove Entrance will begin on Monday 15 June 2020 and will run for 25 weeks.
The works include the deconstruction of the unstable front section of the building, underpinning works to the central spine wall, stabilisation works to the remaining walls and drainage.
All areas of the cemetery will remain open during the works period. However, a small area at the front gates will remain fenced off to allow safe working.
Please be aware of construction vehicles and movements around the entrance at Linden Grove and expect occasional temporary closures of the gates to ensure safety of the public during the works.
Our contractors are working closely with the cemetery management team to ensure that these works do not impact on the social distancing measures currently in place and to ensure social distancing practices are in place on site.
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're concerned about how the council is using your data, contact our Data Protection Officer via firstname.lastname@example.org or on 020 7525 5000.
More information about your rights is available on our website, or via the Information Commissioner.
Page last updated: 10 June 2020