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The East London Cemetery is located in Plaistow in the London Borough of Newham. The cemetery was founded in 1871 and laid out in 1872 to meet the increasing demand from the City and surrounding areas of East London. The cemetery covers approximately 33acres and features two 19th century chapels.
The first funeral service took place on August 8 1872 in the burial chapel, which had been consecrated by the Church of England. The stained glass windows within the chapel were designed by Archibald John Davies (1877-1953) and were produced between 1930 and 1932. The subject matter relates to St Michael and All Angels, after whom the chapel is dedicated.
St Michael features on the main west window while the other windows feature, on the southwall, the Angels of Song, Angels of the Resurrection, Angels of the Night and Angels of the Nativity, and on the north wall, Worshipping Angels, Angels of the Passion and Angels of the Earth and Sea. There is a further rose window on the east wall. The chapel can seat 60 people.
The cemetery has a great sense of community and it is not unusual for generations of families to be buried close together. It is full of unique and personalised memorials such as the old lady with the handbag, Billy's dartboard and a child playing football.
The cemetery also contains a memorial to those killed when a viewing platform collapsed at the launch of HMS Albion in 1898. The ironworks where the ship was made is where the football club West Ham United wasfounded. The team's claret and blue kit is actually the colours of the shipyard and the crossed riveting hammers on the club crest further indicate the link to the shipyard.
Famous, or infamous, people laid to rest at the cemetery include LilianBayliss, the theatrical producer and director; Elizabeth Stride, the third victim of Jack the Ripper; Queenie Watts, the actress who starred in many Carry On films and Karl Hans Lody, the last person to be shot in the Tower of London as a spy.
Our opening hours are 9.00am - 5.00pm Monday to Friday. Our gardens are open 8.30am - 4.30pm Monday to Friday and 10.00am - 4.00pm on weekends.
Parking is available on the roads within the crematorium grounds.