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Inventory Site Record

Barkingside Garden of Rest (Redbridge)

Brief Description

Barkingside Garden of Rest was set up as an extension to the municipal Barkingside Cemetery to the east. Opened in 1954, the first burial took place on 8 October of that year. It is a functional C20th cemetery laid out with straight roadways and paths, some flanked by ornamental trees. A prominent weeping willow stands near the main carriage sweep at the Longwood Gardens entrance where there is a covered waiting area. Until the early C20th Barkingside was a small village, development taking place after Barkingside Station opened in 1903.

Practical Information
Site location:
Longwood Gardens (west), Barkingside, Ilford
Postcode:
IG5 0ET
What 3 Words:
finds.tonic.pillow
Type of site:
Cemetery
Borough:
Redbridge
Open to public?
Yes
Opening times:
Winter: M-F 7.30am-4.30pm/Sat 9am-4.30pm/Sun/BH 10am-4.30pm
Special conditions:
Facilities:
Events:
Public transport:
Tube: Barkingside (Central). Bus: 129, 462.
Research updated:
01/09/2010
Last minor changes:
19/07/2023

Please check with the site owner or manager for latest news. www.redbridge.gov.uk; www.westerleighgroup.co.uk

Full Site Description

Barkingside Garden of Rest was set up as an extension to the municipal Barkingside Cemetery (q.v.) to the east. Opened in 1954, the first burial took place on 8 October of that year. It is a functional C20th cemetery traversed with straight roadways and paths, some of which are flanked by planting of ornamental trees. A prominent weeping willow stands near the main carriage sweep at the Longwood Gardens entrance where there is a 1950s covered waiting area with seating. A memorial rose garden to the right of the entrance gate provides a secluded garden at the east end of the site, enclosed by earthworks presumably to attenuate noise and distractions from Longwood Gardens. A further rose planting area is situated to the left of the entrance gates. ‘Black and white marble slabs set in concrete kerbs aligned to allow sufficient room for a motor mower.’ (Meller) The cemetery is now managed and maintained by the Westerleigh Group, along with LB Redbridge's other cemeteries and 4 closed churchyards.

Sources consulted:

Hugh Meller & Brian Parsons, 'London Cemeteries, An Illustrated Guide and Gazetteer', 4th edition (The History Press, 2008), p81.

Further Information (Planning and Conservation)
Grid ref:
TQ436898 (543650,189850)
Size in hectares:
5.5
Site ownership:
LB Redbridge
Site management:
Cemeteries Office; management by Westerleigh Group from Forest Park Cemetery & Crematorium, Hainault.
Date(s):
1953
Designer(s):
Listed structures:
None
On National Heritage List for England (NHLE), Parks & Gardens:

No
Registered common or village green on Commons Registration Act 1965:

No
Protected under London Squares Preservation Act 1931:

No

Local Authority Data

The information below is taken from the relevant Local Authority's planning legislation, which was correct at the time of research but may have been amended in the interim. Please check with the Local Authority for latest planning information.

On Local List:
No
In Conservation Area:
No
Tree Preservation Order:
No
Nature Conservation Area:
No
Green Belt:
No
Metropolitan Open Land:
No
Special Policy Area:
No
Other LA designation:
Local Open Space

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