The Friends of Hampstead Cemetery is a cemetery organization in London started in 1994. Our group was formed to speak and act on behalf of all those who care for Hampstead Cemetery. Working in close cooperation with Camden Council/The London Borough of Camden and English Heritage, we have been successful in a bid for lottery funding. This enabled us to restore the railings that were removed for salvage during the Second World War. It also allowed for the repair of important monuments and gravestones in the area. Read on to learn more about us and our cemetery maintenance projects.
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The Friends of Hampstead Cemetery works closely with the local authority to improve all aspects of the burial place, from damaged memorials to conserving and encouraging wildlife. Our association welcomes new members and meets four times a year at the Cemetery Lodge.
The day-to-day management was transferred to a joint company, the ICCS, owned by the London Borough of Islington 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 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.
Major improvements funded by the lottery award include:
The Cemetery Lodge was conserved and restored.
The chapels were renovated.
The facilities for visitors were improved, with an installation of new water supply and standpipes.
The replacement of the railings along the front wall facing Fortune Green Road. These were removed for salvage during World War Two. The listed monuments were restored and other key monuments were repaired.
The roads were resurfaced.
Trees were pruned or removed where they were nearing the end of their life and new ones planted.
Two areas for the interment of cremated remains were created.
Hampstead Cemetery is a peaceful and beautiful place to visit all year round, but your help is needed to safeguard it for future generations. Be part of our cemetery maintenance group. Contact us today to get started.