Grange Road
E13 0HB

Telephone: 020 7476 5109

Cemetery information

Important Update 22nd June 2020 – Reopening of memorial grounds

Following a recent update from the Government regarding the closures of crematorium and cemetery grounds, The CMG are pleased to inform you that our memorial grounds have now re-opened to members of the public.

East London Crematorium is now open for pedestrian access Monday to Saturday 8am – 5pm and Sundays 10am – 5pm. The Main Gate is open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm (no entry after 4:30pm)

The CMG would like to politely remind all visitors that social distancing must always be respected within our grounds, ensuring that you remain at least 2 metres apart from other visitors and staff.

In order to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our visitors and staff, our offices and other public areas will remain closed until further notice. If you need to contact a member of staff, please use the telephone number provided on our website.

Thank you for your continued support.


The East London Cemetery is in Plaistow, which is 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 33 acres and has two 19th century chapels.

The first funeral service took place on the 8 August 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 during the period 1930-32. The subject matter relates to Saint Michael and All Angels, after whom the chapel is dedicated. The chapel can seat 60 people.

The cemetery is full of unique and personalised memorials such as the old lady with the handbag, Billy's dartboard and a child playing football. There is a great sense of community, and it is not unusual for generations of families to be buried close together.

There is also the great ship's anchor on the memorial to those killed when the viewing platform collapsed at the launch of HMS Albion in 1898. The iron works that made the ship is where the football club, West Ham United was founded. The claret and blue of their kit is actually the colours of the shipyard and the crossed riveting hammers on the club crest indicate the link to the shipyard.

Famous, or infamous, people laid to rest at the cemetery include Lilian Bayliss, 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.

Opening Hours

The Office:
Our offices and buildings will now be closed, in accordance with current law. They will only open for funeral services.

Pedestrain Gate:
Mon to Sat - Open at 08:30am with last entry at 4:30pm and gates shut at 5:00pm
Sunday - Open at 10:00am with last entry at 4:30pm and gates shut at 5:00pm

Main Gates:
Mon to Fri - 9am to 5pm with last entry at 4:30pm
Sat & Sun - 10:00am with last entry at 4:30pm and gates shut at 5:00pm

The Memorial Office:
Closed - Available by telephone or email only

The Book of Remembrance Room:
Due to the current restrictions we have had to make some changes to this service. Before visiting, please contact the crematorium directly.


Parking is available on the roads within the crematorium grounds.

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