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Kensal Green Cemetery

Kensal Green Cemetery

Kensal Green Cemetery, situated in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in West London, is one of the famous “Magnificent Seven” London Cemeteries. Established in 1832 it was ready for it’s first occupant in 1833. The old part of the cemetery holds many Grade I , II & II* listed mausoleums and tombs. George Frederick Carden, who established the cemetery, was inspired by the Paris Pere Lachaise Cemetery and, no doubt, he saw the enterprise as a profitable one. The cemetery covers 72 acres which adjoins the Grand Union Canal. The cemetery, which is managed by the General Cemetery Company, is still open to new interments and has a crematorium attached.

Kensal Green Cemetery Burial Records

Deceased Online has the cemetery records online and the collection comprises

  • Digital scans of the original burial reference books from 1833 to 2010
  • Details indicating those buried in each grave
  • Digital scans of the original cremation registers up to 1993, and computerised records thereafter.
  • Cemetery Maps showing each grave location.

Kensal Green Cemetery – Friends Group

Like many major Victorian cemeteries there is a Friends group. They have an excellent website with a history of the cemetery, details of membership plus notification of the tours that they conduct. There are a number of events throughout the year overseen by the friends group.

Having visited the cemetery I can highly recommend a visit, late autumn and winter is the best time to visit as the undergrowth has died down which makes it easier to make your way off the main pathways and explore the many tombs and mausoleums.

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