One of ‘Magnificent Seven’ cemeteries to be revitalized with £3.7m grant – South London News

A council has received a £3.7m grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund to convert the Grade II listed building at the entrance to a cemetery.

The funding will be used by Southwark Council and the Friends of Nunhead Cemetery (FONC) to deliver the Nunhead Cemetery East Lodge: From Ruin to Revival project.

The The Grade II listed East Lodge is currently on the Register of Historic Places of England. The project aims to reintegrate the building as a welcoming gateway to the cemetery, with a new cafe, community space and a new base for the Friends of Nunhead Cemetery and their volunteers.

Image showing East Lodge currently covered in scaffolding before work started (Image: Southwark Council)

A new role, Outreach and Development Manager, will also be created to lead and develop existing events aimed at engaging residents across the community, such as oral history sessions, exhibitions and art events.

Nunhead Cemetery is the second largest of the ‘Magnificent Seven’ established in London between 1832 and 1841. With an original route, the cemetery has over 44,000 memorials and is the final resting place for around 290,000 people.

A blue plaque commemorates Nunhead Cemetery (Image: Southwark Council)

With 52 acres of woodland, pasture and wetland, the cemetery is now also a local nature reserve and forms part of the Green Chain Walk.

Councilor Catherine Rose, cabinet member for neighbourhoods, leisure and parks, said: “By working to support Friends of Nunhead Cemetery and with the wider local community, we are ensuring Nunhead Cemetery is a leafy oasis steeped in history that is accessible to all .

“Restoring the East Lodge and opening it up for wider community use and benefit is an important part of our role as current custodians. We are committed to preserving it for future generations, so we are delighted to have the support of the Heritage Fund.”

Top image: Aerial CGI view of East Lodge enhanced (Image: Southwark Council)

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