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To conserve monuments and gravestones

To repair important monuments and vandalised monuments wherever possible

To create a garden of rememberance behind the Bianchi Memorial

Making full use of the unconsecrated Chapel

Improve the facilities for visitors and public awareness

   By erecting notices with more information about the Cemetery

   By enforcing dog fouling instructions






Most Friends are dog lovers. Some of us own a dog too. The Cemetery is a special place and visitors should be allowed to visit it in peace and enjoy the quiet. Responsible dog owners visiting the cemetery should abide by the rules so everyone can enjoy the tranquillity.


We need responsible people “like you” to become members because some dog owners allow their animals to wander uncontrolled fouling gravestones, making it messy and dangerous to strim the grass and also disturbing visitors attending their graves. Dog owners are regulars and vigilant, so can help by reporting acts of vandalism which occur from time to time thereby helping keep the cemetery an enjoyable open space for all to use.


If you have visited our website you will see in detail what our objectives are. The Cemetery covers more than 27 acres of open space with beautiful trees, fantastic views and abundant wild life. It is an important part of West Hampstead and by becoming a member you will help to ensure that it remains so.


Access our website to find details of how to join






PHOTO COMPETITION Images of West Hampstead

The winners in 2010

First Prize

Liam Sharp, Toronto Canada

Second Prize

 Katie Parker Nr Holt Norfolk

Third Prize

 Claudia Pinto London NW6 1BA

The Friends group was formed in 1994 to speak and act on behalf of all those who care for Hampstead Cemetery. Working in close co-operation with the London Borough of Camden and English Heritage, the Friends have been successful in a bid for Lottery Funding.  This enabled us to restore the Railings which were removed for salvage during the second world war.  It also allowed for the repair important monuments and gravestones.

The day to day management was transferred to a joint company, the ICCS,  owned by the London Borough of Islington and and the London Borough of Camden in 2006. We are currently working with them to create a Garden of Remembrance to be located in the woodland behind the Bianchi memorial.

The monument below built by the sculptor Sir William Goscombe John and dedicated to his wife Marthe (d.1923) was stolen from the cemetery in 2001 but later returned after being spotted at an auction a few months later. It was then moved to East Finchley Cemetery but was once more stolen from a storage area in autumn 2006. It has not yet been recovered.

If you have any news as to its whereabouts please contact us on EMail  or Islington and Camden Cemetery Services on 020-7527 8300