Kensal Green Cemetery
Project. Kensal Green Cemetery, Boundary Wall
Location. Kensal Green, London
Client. The General Cemetery Company
Principal Contractor. Stewart Truman Ltd
Information. Kensal Green Cemetery is one of the oldest and most distinguished public burial grounds. Inspired by the cemetery of Pere-Lachaises in Paris and founded in 1833 by the Barrister George Frederick Carden.
The grounds include buildings of Grade I, II and II* status.
Works. The works included the complete rebuild of 5 bays of the boundary wall measuring approx 10m each. The wall is listed grade II in its own right and had part fallen down some years earlier and then the remaining unsafe wall had to be completely taken down so that new piled footings could be introduced. The wall then needed to be rebuilt to strict Historic England detail to match exactly that of the original. We re used all materials that had been salvaged from the wall and the mortar was matched using a variety of aggregates and lime. The wall is 2 bricks thick at base level with a stone plinth reducing this to 1 and half bricks thick for the remainder of the wall, it also has tapered piers on both sides finished with copings and pier caps. There is about 20 more bays that will be rebuilt in the next few years.