Walthamstow Cemetery

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COVID-19 update:

Cemetery closures

Following a slight change to government guidance, we are able to reopen Chingford Mount Cemetery to the public at weekends.

The cemetery will be open to the public 

  • 9am and 4pm 
  • Saturdays and Sundays

but it is important that visitors still follow social distancing guidelines.

Queens Road Cemetery in Walthamstow will remain open from

  • 7.30am to 4pm Monday to Saturday
  • Sundays 10am to 4pm

Please remember to stay 2 metres away from anyone else using the cemetery.

As a reminder, Government guidelines state that the only large gathering permitted at the Cemetery is for Funerals only, with a maximum of 30 socially distancing mourners. Otherwise the maximum number of attendees to visit a grave is 6 people.

To respect the needs of others, visitors are asked not to wilfully create any disturbance in the Cemetery or behave in a way that may be a nuisance to others. In particular, the playing of games and sports is not permitted. The Cemetery is also controlled by a Public Spaces Protection Order. This prohibits amongst other things, the use of alcohol, behaving in a manner which is likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress, and littering within the Cemetery

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Funerals 

Chingford Mount Cemetery is still operational for funerals.

We are limiting the number of mourners at any funeral gathering within both of our cemeteries, to close family only, provided that they are out of any isolation period.

If you are attending a funeral, please arrive no more than 10 minutes prior to the booked service time and phone us when you are at the Main Gate so we can allow you in.

In order to protect staff and the public and to ensure we can continue to provide this critical services, our employees will be keeping a safe distance from funeral gatherings during services.

All handling of the deceased including lowering and removal of putlogs will be carried out by the Funeral Directors.

Our primary focus during the current situation is to continue providing burials. We have therefore ceased provision of grave selection, families backfilling graves and all witnessed ashes burials. If required, we may email a photograph of the grave area and cemetery plan for upcoming burials
We apologise any inconvenience or upset this may cause. We are constantly reviewing the situation and if needed will make further changes to these restrictions.

Cemetery reception

The Office reception is closed to face to face visitors. 

General enquiries can be made over the phone or via email directly to our offices.

Phones are often busy so please bear with us and leave a message so we can respond.

Pre-booked funerals are not affected, please contact us in advance if you have any further enquiries.

Family history searches currently suspended

During the current virus outbreak, Cemetery Services are being focussed on our core function of burials. Additional services such as searches will be resumed again as soon as resources allow.

Opening hours Click to get info

Walthamstow (Queens Road) Cemetery
Queens Road
E17 8QP

The cemetery covers 11 acres and opened in October 1872. It was started by the Walthamstow Burial Road who had the two chapels and belfry, with the lodge, coroner's court and sundry buildings erected.

The cemetery is now full, except for when it needs to re-open family plots.

Many of the family graves have been neglected for years.

Chingford Mount Cemetery and Queens Road Cemetery opening hours

Month Monday to Saturday Sundays
January to March 7.30am to 4pm 10am to 4pm
April to September 7.30am to 7.30pm 10am to 6pm
October to December 7.30am to 4pm 10am to 4pm

As the gates will be locked at the times stated in order to secure the cemetery, all visitors and their vehicles are asked to leave the cemetery in good time. No person is permitted to be in the cemetery outside the published opening hours.

It may be necessary at times to lock the gates earlier than stated due to circumstances beyond our control. If this is necessary appropriate notices will be displayed advising visitors of this.

The Council reserves the right to limit public entry or to close the cemeteries at any time.

Dog walking Click to get info

Dogs must be kept on a short lead and are only allowed on the main pathways, not between graves (except guide dogs).

Contact details Click to get info

Cemeteries Administration

Chingford Mount Cemetery Offices
121 Old Church Road​
Chingford, E4 6ST
020 8524 5030
cemeteries@walthamforest.gov.uk