Largest London burial site in 100 years opens in Chislehurst

PUBLISHED: 07:00 13 October 2013

The capital’s largest burial ground in the last 100 years officially opened in Chislehurst last week.

Kemnal Park Cemetery, off the Sidcup By-Pass, has more than 30,000 plots along with memorial gardens for ashes on the grounds where Old Kemnal Manor once stood.

The site, run by Michael Burke, opened unofficially last year. He says the site will set “new levels of expectations” for London cemeteries.

He added: “For too long have we accepted that cemeteries are a place to be tolerated - that average standards are just what they are.

“We will go a long way to resolve the inner and outer city challenge of lack of burial space.”

More than 250 people attended the official opening, including mayor of Bromley, Cllr Ernest Noad, and children from Westlodge School, in Bexley, who sang for guests.

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