Golders Green crematorium


Of course we could not skip the Golders Green crematorium. It is like the Pére Lachaise of London with its monumental buildings, pioneering work and famous clientèle.

We had a very nice and interesting interview with  manager Viv Lackey of the London Cremation Company. Clearly they do not only operate new and monumental crematoria but take great pride in providing personal service to all their clients. Also special thanks to caretaker Erik Willis who has shown me around the buildings and the grounds.

The building on Hooplane was designed in Italian style by sir Ernest George and first opened in 1901. The tower contains the chimney of the crematorium below which has a chapel on each side. To both sides are three columbaria in total whom are partially connected by the cloisters which holds many memorials. The 12 acres of gardens are an enormous oasis in London, it contains several  tombs, urn graves and a large scattering lawn.

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