The General Cemetery of All Souls, Kensal Green, is one of England's oldest and most beautiful public burial grounds, and certainly its most prestigious.
One of the world's first garden cemeteries, and doyen of London's Magnificent Seven, Kensal Green received its first funeral in January 1833, and still conducts burials and cremations daily.
The cemetery was innovative in having most of the site consecrated by the Church of England, but reserving the eastern spur for Dissenters and others to practise their own rites. Today, people of many faiths and denominations are buried throughout the cemetery. Uniquely among British cemeteries, Kensal Green has been managed by the same private joint-stock company since its inception: the General Cemetery Company, (est. 1830) still has its offices by the Main Gate.
The cemetery now covers some 72 acres (29 hectares) between the Grand Union Canal and Harrow Road in west London, and is open to visitors every day of the year.
The Top Gate (just to the west of Kensal Green Underground Station) admits both cars and pedestrians during regular opening hours. This gate also leads to the independent Roman Catholic cemetery of St. Mary.
The Main Gate, to the east near the junction with Ladbroke Grove, is for pedestrians only, and generally closes an hour before the Top Gate.
The Friends of Kensal Green Cemetery run regular Sunday tours - read more
The Friends of Kensal Green Cemetery also run regular events - read more
Date: 18:30 13-Jan-22
Kensal Green holds the simple grave of a Victorian celebrity doctor who had near-miraculous healing powers. Dr Gully was sought out by all the big names including Darwin, Dickens and Tennyson. He was renowned for innovative treatments and developed Malvern as a spa town for hydrotherapy. But when he retired to South London, a tangled love affair brought infamy upon him and implicated him in one of the great unsolved murder mysteries: the death of Charles Bravo in the case known as “Murder at the Priory”.
Colin Fenn is a trustee of Kensal Green Cemetery and spends his time between Malvern and South London. He is Vice chairman of the National Federation of Cemetery Friends, a member of Malvern Civic Society and a historian with a special interest in Victorian engineering and sanitation.
We are pleased to announce the release of our latest publication. Written by Head Guide and historian of Kensal Green Cemetery, Henry Vivian-Neal, "St Helena at Kensal Green Cemetery" is a guide to the connections between the former Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte and the island of St Helena at Kensal Green Cemetery in London.
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We would welcome new trustees who can assist us in promoting the cemetery and helping our work. We have two specific vacancies at present but if you can offer us other assistance, we would love to hear from you.