Photographs by Robert Freidus. Perspective correction by George P. Landow. Captions by Jacqueline Banerjee. You may use these images without prior permission for any scholarly or educational purpose as long as you (1) credit the photographer and (2) link your document to this URL in a web document or cite the Victorian Web in a print one. [Click on the images to enlarge them.]

View of Golders Green Crematorium from the south, taken across the expanse of lawn immediately to the south, in its Grade I listed gardens — rightly described as giving it an "informal and contemplative setting" (Rutherford 57). The lawn is known for its sheets of crocuses in early spring, and is also an area for scattering ashes.

A closer view along the rear, with its formal rosebeds just outside the Cloister Walk, towards the war memorial at the far end designed by Sir Edward Maufe. As the listing text explains, "The planting is extensive and varied, with formal beds of standard roses along the main path, beds of informal shrubs and roses around the other paths, and flowering trees and mature broadleaves and conifers." Plants of many varieties, not just roses, are dedicated to the memory of those cremated here.

Memorial plaques abound: the arcaded walks give many pleasant views, and opportunities for inscribed memorials of all kinds.

Left: A semi-circular bench for contemplation. Right: The bench in its setting, against a bay covered with memorial tablets. The cloister walls and many others are used for such tablets. This 1s only one of a variety of benches, including a swinging one in the children's garden.

The Lily Pond, in front of the war memorial. This is one of the pleasant water features, more formal in design than the natural-looking ponds at the southern end of the grounds, just before and inside the Horder Garden. These have an attractive bridge. On one side lies an alpine area and at the furthest south lies the Horder Copse.

Related Material


Golders Green Crematorium. Historic England. Web. 25 February 2020.

Golders Green Crematorium: Garden of Remembrance Plan. Available from the crematorium's office.

Rutherford, Sarah. The Victorian Cemetery. Botley, Oxford: Shire, 2008.

Created 27 February 2020