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17 October 2011

Go for a walk in Brockley and Ladywell Cemetery

Until a few weeks ago, your author had only been aware of Brockwell and Ladywell Cemetery as an empty space on a map. A dark space which loomed in peripheral vision during late cycle rides across South East London, but during the daytime it is a beautiful place to get away from it all, and immerse yourself in a mixture of death and nature.

Opened in 1858, originally as two cemeteries serving the parishes of Lewisham & Deptford, we are told that the total area is 37 acres. The cemeteries are rich with wildlife, including sycamore, horse-chestnut, hybrid black poplar and lime trees, which are now showing a lot of autumnal colour, and inevitable squirrels dart to and fro.

For specific information from the Friends of Brockley and Ladywell Cemeteries, click here, of for a great overview, see click here.


  1. Although I dislike London, I applaud your mission to showcase facets of the city that are usually "off the radar" for residents and visitors alike. Maintaining a childlike sense of curiosity about the places where we live is to me an eminently healthy trait to possess so I hope you'll keep exploring and reporting.

  2. Thanks Yorkshire Pudding, and I completely agree it is important to maintain a curiosity. I'm pleased to see you are doing the same.

    I have always said that it isn't necessarily London in particular that motivates me, and I would do the same wherever I was in the country. It's great to know there are others out there with a similar mission.

  3. It's worth going on one of the guided walks organised by the Friends of Brockley and Ladywell Cemeteries if you get a chance. I went on one in August and it was fascinating to hear the stories behind some of the graves.

  4. The walk this Saturday,22nd, starts at 2.30pm at the Ladywell Road gate, and will last between one and a half and two hours. It will be a circular walk taking in both Cemeteries, looking at notable graves and memorials, as well as plants and trees. Hopefully the sparrowhawk we saw in August will still be around.