Elmers End Road

Telephone: 02086 589495 / 02086 500322

Cemetery information

Beckenham Cemetery, the oldest cemetery operated by Dignity, opened in 1876. It includes the resting place of cricketing legend, W G Grace; Thomas Crapper, the inventor of the flushable toilet and Frederick Wolseley, the inventor of the sheep-shearing machine.

During the Second World War the larger of the cemetery’s two chapels was devastated during air raids and had to be demolished. The chapel that survived the bombing was converted to include cremation facilities and opened in 1956.

Beckenham cemetery remains close to the heart of the local community and staff often help visitors to trace their family history using the handwritten grave registers.

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