Manor Park Cemetery is one of the most popular resting places for an East London Cockney when they leave their home for the last time to attend their own funeral. Most of my past family are there and I dare say I will be taking up permanant residence there when I'm due for the last breath. Hopefully that will be a very long time in the future! Unfortunately, since creating this page, my wife died in February 2010, more than twelve years ago now, after a long battle with cancer, and she is buried at Manor Park.In the words of the company that own and run the estate:“Manor Park Cemetery & Crematorium prides itself on traditional family values, the Company having been managed by the same family since its foundation. The grave of Mr. William Nesbitt, the very first interment that took place on 25th. March 1875, can still be found on the right hand side of Remembrance Road”.
In The Words of The
Welcome to the Manor Park Cemetery & Crematorium, peacefully situated close to the green belt of Wanstead Flats. Though well away from the hustle and bustle of suburban London, it is conveniently close to both Manor Park and Forest Gate main line stations, within minutes to Liverpool Street, the City and Central London.Tree lined avenues and natural untouched areas provide a tranquil haven for wildlife, whilst the Columbarium, Pavilion and three memorial rose gardens give an opportunity for a place of quiet contemplation.Walking along the tree lined roads and avenues of the estate, you can understand families returning to use the services of Manor Park Cemetery & Crematorium.We aim to meet every individual wish of the deceased and the bereaved. Our sympathetic, caring staff will guide you through any delicate matters, which may arise, with dignity and dedication.
From Farm to Graves
The original land used to create the cemetery was part of Hamfrith Farm and was purchased in 1872 for that purpose. East and West Ham had been so intensively farmed that by the end of the 13th. century most of the woodland in the area had all but gone. Hamfrith Wood, the last to go, was removed in 1700. Today’s 50 acre site is made up from a mixture of woodlands, grassed areas, old and new memorials and headstones, lawn graves, gardens of remembrance, shrubs and walkways. It is, in my opinion, a very peaceful place for both the living and the departed.
Internment and Cremation
The pleasantly laid out cemetery has been used by the East End communities since 1874 both for burials and cremated remains. There are open and secluded areas for private graves, a woodland burial site and a children's private garden for burial.There are many famous people buried in Manor Park, including Annie Chapman, the second murder victim of the infamous Jack the Ripper. She was laid to rest there in 1888.Another historic grave is that of John Travers Cornwall VC, who, at the age of 16 was the youngest recipient of the Victoria Cross and died from his wounds after saving many lives at the Battle of Jutland in 1916. Many other famous people are buried there.