St Mary's Catholic Cemetery, Kensal Green

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St Mary's Catholic Cemetery
St Marys RC Cem London.jpg
St Mary's Cemetery
Details
Established1858
Location
CountryEngland
Coordinates51°31′41″N 0°14′01″W / 51.5280°N 0.2336°W / 51.5280; -0.2336Coordinates: 51°31′41″N 0°14′01″W / 51.5280°N 0.2336°W / 51.5280; -0.2336
TypeRoman Catholic
Size29 acres (12 ha)
No. of graves165,000
WebsiteOfficial website
Find a Grave1963391
The Misa Mausoleum, built in 1870 for Manuel Misa y Bertemati, the Conde De Bayona and Marques De Misa

St Mary's Catholic Cemetery is located on Harrow Road, Kensal Green in London, England. It has its own Catholic chapel.[1]

History[edit]

Established in 1858, the 29-acre (120,000 m2) site was built next door to Kensal Green Cemetery. It is the final resting place for more than 165,000 individuals of the Roman Catholic faith, and features a memorial to Belgian soldiers of the First World War, wounded in combat and evacuated to England, where they died in hospital.

There is also a War Memorial, in the form of a Cross of Sacrifice to the British, Irish, French, Czechoslovakian and Canadian servicemen.[2] It is surrounded by a Screen Wall memorial and a low kerb listing Commonwealth service personnel of both World Wars whose graves in the cemetery could not be marked by headstones. In all, the cemetery contains 208 graves of Commonwealth service personnel of the First World War, and 107 graves of the Second World War. There are also many foreign nationality war graves that include, from First World War, 77 Belgians and six Germans, and from the Second, eight Czechoslovakian and six Polish war graves.[3]

Many Irish migrants who came to England during the Great Famine are buried here.[4]

Notable interments[edit]

The chapel[edit]

  • The cemetery's Catholic chapel is used for funeral and memorial services. The walls have many memorial plaques.
  • The chapel was used in the filming of Miranda episode "Before I Die".
The Chapel

Access[edit]

The cemetery is open for visitors 365 days per year.

Summer Opening Hours
Monday to Saturday – 8am to 5pm
Sunday – 9am to 5pm

Winter Opening Hours
Monday to Saturday – 8am to 4pm
Sunday – 9am to 4pm

Christmas Day & Boxing Day – 9am to 1pm

The cemetery office[edit]

Office hours
Monday to Friday – 9am to 3pm
Visitors, especially those interested in their Catholic family history, may request the office staff consult the recently computerised records for all interments in St Mary's Catholic Cemetery (from 1858 to date).

Please note: The office is closed on Bank Holidays and Summer months closing times can vary. The Summer Opening Hours are in effect from early April to late October during UK British Summer Time. The Winter Opening Hours are for the rest of the year when the UK has Greenwich Mean Time.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Catholic Chapel
  2. ^ St Mary's Kensal Green - Memorials
  3. ^ CWGC Cemetery Report Breakdown of foreign war graves from casualty record.
  4. ^ F H W Sheppard, ed. (1973). "Survey of London: Volume 37, Northern Kensington". British History Online. Retrieved 26 January 2022.
  5. ^ "Casualty Details | CWGC". www.cwgc.org. Retrieved 8 May 2021.
  6. ^ Grant, Colin (2008). Negro with a Hat: The Rise and Fall of Marcus Garvey. Jonathan Cape. p. 451. ISBN 978-0-09-950145-9.
  7. ^ Foot, David (30 October 1986). Sunshine, Sixes and Cider. David & Charles. ISBN 0-7153-8890-8.

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