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Mortlake Old Burial Ground
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Mortlake Old Cemetery is located in the ecclesiastical parishan ecclesiastical parish is an administrative area within the Church of England or Roman Catholic church. It is distinct from the civil parish, a local government unit in England of Mortlake St Mary the Virgin .

WSFHS has a name index of monumental Inscriptions at Mortlake Old Cemetery
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Friends of Surrey Cemeteries (Surrey Cemeteries: a survey, 2012):
South Worple Way, Avenue Gardens, Mortlake. Opened 1854, now extended to 6 acres. Chapel, demolished 1969. Edwardian style lodge. Council website says opened 1887. Limited parking, few new graves. Richmond BC, East Sheen Cemetery, Richmond, TW10 5BJ. 0208 876 4511. Burial register searchable online, section plans available for £2.

SHC 2414/2/180-258 miscellaneous notes Land at Butt Shot of 1a 1r 28p purchased in 1854. Parish needed £800 including enclosure and lay out. A rate of 9d to raise £375 leaving a loan of £425 for balance – to be obtained from Messrs Twining, Bankers of the Strand @ 5%. Legal costs of loan £13 19/-8d.

Land purchase £360 effectively from L & S W Railway. (excess land so repurchased by original owners and then resold for cemetery). Legal costs of purchase £5.7/-4d. Tenders for fencing accepted from Mr Carpenter at £2 13/- 2d per rod – final costs totalled £203 7/-3½d – 64 rods 3 foot + 2 pairs of gates.

Compensation to tenant of £70 for lost crop and roots of rhubarb (land had been manured for 3 years and planted with best rhubarb crowns). Rhubarb was sold for £20 18/- ! Consecration costs 2 Feb 1855 £19 15/-10d. Total cost of cemetery £755 16/-1½d.

Shrubs, Irish Yews and Cedars gifted by vicar & William Thomas Attwood and planted. Soon decided that distance from church required the construction of a chapel at £200-£250 by private subscription. Also a tool house and other conveniences at £15-£18. July 1857 regulations. Fees to parish clerk / vault or brick grave burials only in metal sealed coffins / burials 9ft deep with at least 1ft earth over each coffin / graves in line side by side / grave to be closed on day of funeral / turfed the next day / sexton to toll bell for ½ hour within 12 hours of death and for ½ hour before funeral / cemetery open 2-5 daily. Signed by John T Manley, perpetual curate and O Ommanney + George Hunt, churchwardens. Small square plot divided by diagonal path between gates at each end. Unconsecrated areas to the west added in 1877.

A near riot at end of last century when Patrick Hurley an Irish Catholic murdered in a local pub was buried in the Protestant ground – police called to disperse the angry crowd. 23 Sep 1969 Richmond council authorised Mortlake with East Sheen PCC to demolish chapel for £35, faculty not needed as not consecrated. It had been agreed in January to spend £20 to board up chapel, £20 to repair boundary wall and £75 to repair and repaint railings. No physical division between church and council burial areas.

Visited in 2011 and found now to be a rather ordinary square of graves with winding path across the middle. 2 seats, taps and watering cans. Railings to north along the South Worple Way. East and west walls to houses or narrow streets. Lodge no longer apparently part of cemetery. Mature trees and grass, many chestnut trees and some Yews. Flowers on some graves and a number of recent burials at south entrance. Used as cut through by locals. Memorials very average, some broken. One chest tomb found but covered totally by ivy.


WSFHS CD10(The Surrey Burial Index - 2nd edition 2009) has burial records for Mortlake St Mary the Virgin from 1599 to 1865. For a full list of parishes covered click here (opens in a new page). or see our sales page for more information (opens in a new page).

WSFHS CD15(Surrey Baptisms Not in the IGI) has baptismal records for Mortlake St Mary the Virgin from 1677 to 1812 and 1845 to 1875. For a full list of parishes covered click here (opens in a new page). or see our sales page for more information (opens in a new page).




Mortlake is a district in the London Borough of Richmond.


Unless otherwise stated the dates for the creation of parishes are taken from Youngs, Frederick. A., jr.. Guide to the Administrative Units of England; Royal Historical Society: London, 1979 volume 1 Southern England.




The Richmond Index will show you all the churches and cemeteries we know of in that part of the London Borough of Richmond which was in the Ancient County of Surreythe Ancient County means Surrey before the administrative counties were created in 1889.

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