Victorian London - Death and Dying - Cemeteries - Crystal Palace District Cemetery


Another argument for "Cremation" has appeared in the shape of an advertisement of a Joint Stock Cemetery Company (Limited) which has bought forty-eight acres of land for the purpose of a new burial-ground, to be opened near the Crystal Palace. The Cemetery is to be select; the deceased labouring classes are to be kept out of it by the prohibition of Sunday funerals; exclusiveness which, perhaps, will not prevent injurious drainage into adjoining wells. Its promoters recommend their burial-place as situated in one of the most healthy suburbs of London. This advantage it will cease to possess as soon as a population shall have gathered round it. The citizens of a necropolis cannot emigrate, and they form a corporation with power to add to their number - and use it. To prevent such corporations from being formed, what practical way is there but the process recommended by SIR HENRY THOMPSON?

Punch, May 16, 1874

One such place is shortly to be opened in that quiet, beautiful slope about a mile on the southern side of the Crystal Palace, between Anerley and Elmer's End railway stations, a space bounded on the southern side by South Norwood. It is to occupy forty-one acres, and has already been made over to a company, who allege that a new cemetery there has become necessary because of the Croydon Burial Board having reserved their cemetery for exclusive use of the parishioners. There is very little doubt that the undertaking will be commercially successful, for within a circle of less than four miles of this place there is a population of some 125,000; and some existing cemeteries are amongst the best investments in the share market, even though, in the nature of things, they are of terminable value.

The Penny Illustrated Paper, 17 July, 1875