Historian of Brookwood Cemetery
A List Compiled in 2000 for Evidence Submitted to the House of Commons Select Committee on the Environment, Transport & Regional Affairs
This list was jointly submitted by R. H. Guney (then owner of Brookwood Cemetery) and John Clarke (Chairman of the Brookwood Cemetery Society) in October 2000. It was submitted as part of a Memorandum of Evidence submitted to the House of Commons Select Committee on the Environment, Transport & Regional Affairs.
The Committee published its findings on Cemetery Provision in the United Kingdom in April 2001. It was the first major survey of cemetery provision in the United Kingdom for 150 years. You can read the text of the full report HC 91-
Since the Committee’s report was published, a number of monuments and mausoleums in the cemetery have been listed. These are noted below, but additional information on the listed monuments may be found here.
This mausoleum has an attractive green pantiled roof and is constructed of marble(?) The bronze door (now hidden) has a 1930s style domestic front door. There was a circular stained glass window at the rear, which is almost certainly broken.
This was the first public memorial to Charles Bradlaugh (1833-
1858. Stone unidentified. Architect: John Johnson. Mason: William Boulton of Guildford. Plot 57A.
Probably the earliest mausoleum in the cemetery. It may have been designed as a chapel of ease before use by this family as a private chapel and burial ground. The chapel was last restored in 1924 (see inside building). The structure includes fantastically fine carved figures of knights in armour on the exterior gable ends. The floor has partly given way, the doors are incomplete, and the burial vault is prone to flood in winter. Requires extensive restoration and repair.
c1878. Marble? Architect unknown. Plot 26
The largest mausoleum in the cemetery. Built originally for the 5th Earl Cadogan (died 1915), it was sold back to the Necropolis Company in 1910 and then converted into a columbarium. In desperate need of major repairs to the dome and roof. Inside, there is an underground vault which is prone to flood in winter.
Notes: (1) Listed Grade II (2004). (2) The Brookwood Cemetery Society successfully raised money for emergency repairs to the roof. For more information click here. Further repairs are currently taking place.
c1890. Marble, pink granite columns, bronze, wood, copper clad roof (largely decayed), and mosaic (largely lost). Architect unknown. Plot 31
Italianate style building. The roof requires complete rebuilding and the barrel vaulting over the structure is suffering from water penetration and will collapse in time. Bronze plaques on the rear wall have been stolen over the years—these recorded details of the family buried blow. The mosaic frieze (“Because I Live Ye Shall Live Also”) was executed by the Salviatis (see below). The pathway leading to the mausoleum from St George's Avenue might also be repaired. Its boundaries were marked by small granite stones set in the ground, some of which survive.
Notes: (1) Listed Grade II (2004). (2) The Brookwood Cemetery Society successfully raised funds for emergency repairs to the roof. For more information click here.
Late 1930s. Rusticated grey granite. Architect unknown. Plot 19
Of massive construction, this structure would require its boundary hedge being trimmed back and the door being restored. It is not known if there are any stained glass windows to the structure, nor is the state of the interior known.
Completed 1899. Brick, stone, slate, wood and metal. Architect almost certainly Cyril B Tubbs. Plot 124.
Although the original design was burned down in about 1990, the structure has been repaired and restored, and the building continues in use as the cemetery chapel.
The most recent fitting to be added is the marble altar from the former St Alban's retirement home at Tankerton in Kent.
Late 1910s. Probably marble. Designed by the London necropolis Company. Plot 29.
The door (probably wooden) and glazing requires attention, and also the roof. There is a very similar mausoleum near the entrance to the “new” part of Highgate Cemetery, although that design was constructed in pink granite.
The Glades were officially opened in 1950 and the lake has always formed a prominent feature of the entrance area. The lakeside area has now been fully restored and replanted. It might be possible to bid for the drainage channels to be cleared and repaired (e.g. the bridge over the ditch at the end of the main area of the Glades).
Mid 1930s. Rusticated grey granite. Architect unknown. Plot 76
The door and roof require attention. The 1930s stained glass was smashed years ago -
1890/1 (in gable). Polychrome marbles and granites. Architect unknown. Plot 80.
The door has the family name cast in it. The roof requires attention, as does the doorway. This mausoleum is well-
Date not known. Marble? Architect unknown. Plot 3.
Very little is known of this building. The door is believed to be wooden. The state of the roof and interior are unknown.
Date unknown. Pink granite. Architect unknown. Plot 19.
Very little is known of this building. It is one of very few in the Egyptian style at Brookwood. The boundary hedge requires trimming to make the building visible again. The state of the roof and interior are unknown.
c1864. Grey granite. Plot 25.
Engineer and designer of prisons, Jebb died in 1863. This large granite obelisk is in danger of falling over and needs to be set upright again.
Note: Since this list was compiled in 2000, the obelisk has fallen over.
c1890. Polychrome marble. Architect unknown. Plot 4.
Gothic style. This building used to have stained glass windows and the cast iron door has the family name cast upon it. The coffins are above ground level which may complicate any restoration work.
Late 19th century. Possibly York stone, although of an unusual reddish hue. Architect unknown. Plot 15.
This obelisk is gothicised and the design is certainly unique at Brookwood. The obelisk has somehow shifted on its base, whilst the pedestal is also out of true. Unfortunately the inscription panels are starting to lift, so any remedial work would need to take possible damage to these panels into account.
This mausoleum commemorates the founder of London's Cafe Royal (Daniel Nicols, died 1897). The wooden door and the windows need restoring, along with the interior.
c1890s. Marble. Architect unknown. Plot 25.
The door and interior would need restoring. The roof may need attention. The bronze plaque commemorating the artist Henrietta Normand (nee Rae, died 1928), needs replacing since it has been stolen.
Probably the most important memorial at Brookwood. It commemorates Lord and Lady Pelham-
c1910. Marble and bronze. Architect unknown. Plot 22.
Small mausoleum that contained the ashes of Weatherley Phipson (died 1909) in a fine porcelain(?) urn placed on a shelf opposite the door. The interior has been vandalised and the urn smashed. The current state of the interior and the roof are unknown.
A circular plot containing many interesting graves. This area might provide the core of a restoration of the cemetery landscape back to its Victorian finery. The Ring might be tidied up, memorials repaired and cleaned, and some of the planting restored (eg: replacing the ring of monkey puzzle trees).
Erected as a memorial to a parishioner who dies in 1892, this most attractive structure could be repaired and restored to its original condition. Some tiles need replacing, but generally speaking the structure appears to be sound.
1855. Cast iron. Supplied by Messrs Cottain & Hallow of Oxford Street, London. Plot 1.
The only surviving pair of unusual cast iron obelisks that marked the burial grounds of St Anne's Soho (Westminster). They require setting upright and one requires some attention at the top, whilst the plates at the bases (which identified the parish ground) are missing. They should be restored to their original sand colour, so they appear to be made of stone rather than cast iron.
ST GEORGE THE MARTYR: OBELISK
1900. Marble. A copy of the obelisk in St George's Circus, Southwark. Plot 81.
It was erected over the plot where reburials from the church in London were placed in 1899. Unfortunately the plot has sunk over the years and consequently the obelisk has toppled over. The ground should be levelled and stabilised, and the obelisk rebuilt.
c1899. Marble, pink granite and mosaic. Mosaics by Salviati & Company. Plot 25.
Guilio Salviati died in 1898, and this remarkable memorial was erected to his memory. The base, supporting an angel figure, has four separate mosaic panels. Each is showing signs of damage from damp, moss, and similar ageing. Each panel is of the highest quality of craftsmanship. The memorial used to have some sort of cast iron decorative fence to it, but it is not known what the exact design was.
Note: Listed Grade II (2004).
Date unknown. Largely marble. Architect unknown. Plot 34.
This tiny mausoleum has been vandalised in the past and requires restoration and renovation. It is believed the coffin(s) are stored above ground which may complicate restoration work.
1854. Brick and tiled roof. Architect: Sydney Smirke (1798-
The core of this much-
(Note: since 2000, the developers of the office site sold this building. It is now a private house called “The Lodge”, and outside the scope of Brookwood Cemetery Ltd.)
c1897. Terracotta and marble. Designed by Emmeline Halse. Plot 80.
Unique memorial with unusual terracotta base and relief profile portrait of the deceased on top (van Laun died in 1896). Some general renovation of the memorial is required.
Note: Listed Grade II (2004).
1890s. Largely marble. Architect unknown. Plot 3.
Apparently quite sound from the exterior, nevertheless it may well require attention to the roof and interior.
WOOD FAMILY MAUSOLEUM
Late 1850s?. Largely marble. Architect unknown. Plot 30.
Classical style mausoleum which requires fairly extensive repairs. The roof is damaged and parts of the stone decoration on the walls has decayed badly. The coffins are stored above ground which may complicate restoration work. The glass window at the rear has been smashed (although it is bricked up). The family at one time lived at nearby Ottershaw Park, so this mausoleum is of considerable local interest. The Brookwood Cemetery Society is currently seeking estimates for repairs to the roof.
R H Guney, Director, Brookwood Cemetery
John Clarke, Chairman, The Brookwood Cemetery Society