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Nunhead Cemetery, London: 1 reviews and 4 photos

There's probably no reason why a tourist would come over to SE15 (Nunhead, Brockley Dulwich, Peckham) area but if they ever did, they would find there wasn't an awful lot to see. There are some nice eating places in the trendy Dulwich area but apart from that they might wander up to Nunhead Cemetery - the 2nd largest and oldest in London after Highgate.

Situated 200 feet above sea level on Nunhead Hill, one has views over the City of London on a clear day. The 52 acres of decaying, delapidated Victorian Gothic tombs, obelisks, monuments and gravestones dating back to 1840, are a haven for flora and fauna and there are a number of information boards describing what the visitor might see in the trees and bushes and ivy. I was very surprised to see flocks of bright green parakeets squarking noisily in the trees overhead! These are fast becoming a common sight in many London parks and open spaces.

There are guided walks on the last Sunday of the month at 2.15pm and a small information stall where you can buy a variety of booklets and postcards and you can even join FONC - Friends of Nunhead Cemetery - those dedicated and hardworking people who endeavour to save the cemetery from totally succumbing to time, nature and the elements and sinking completely back into the earth. Of course this is costly and time consuming and, as the visitor will observe, restoration is a long process.

The Grade II listed Anglican Chapel once contained all the records of every grave here but an arson attack in the 1970s burnt the timber roof off and the records were transferred elsewhere. The roof has never been replaced.

The nearby Peckham Rye Park is also very pleasant to have a wander and picnic and has a lovely Japanese Garden and children's play area.

The cemetery is open from 8.30 to 4pm daily and open later during spring and summer. There are signs everywhere warning the visitors that the gravestones are extremely unstable and liable to collapse - so please stay on the designated paths.

Address: Nunhead Hill, main entrance in Linden Grove SE15
Directions: Peckham Rye or Nunhead Station
Phone: FONC 020 8452 5239

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Mar 30, 2008
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