Old Burial Ground, Royal Hospital Chelsea

The Old Burial Ground is a cemetery for people associated with the Royal Hospital Chelsea. It is located at the north east corner of the Royal Hospital grounds, alongside the London Road.

the Old Burial Ground in March 2015

The Old Burial Ground is Grade II listed on the Register of Historic Parks and Gardens as part of the larger Royal Hospital site.[1]

The ground was consecrated for burials in August 1691. 10,000 interments were made at the Old Burial Ground until 1854. The last burial was made in 1854.[2] The ground re-opened for the burials of cremated remains in 2004. Following the closure of the Old Burial Ground pensioners were buried at Brompton Cemetery between 1855 and 1893 and have since been buried at the New Plot at Brookwood Cemetery in Surrey since 1962; the Old Plot at Brookwood having closed that year.[2]

A variety of funerary monuments are present at the Old Burial Ground including headstones, table tombs and slabs.[3]

Notable burialsEdit


  1. ^ Historic England, "Royal Hospital, Chelsea and Ranelagh Gardens (1000353)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 7 January 2020
  2. ^ a b c d Terry Philpot (28 January 2018). 31 London Cemeteries to Visit Before You Die. Step Beach Press Ltd. p. 159. ISBN 978-1-908779-29-8.
  3. ^ "London Gardens online: Royal Hospital Old Burial Ground". London Gardens Online. Retrieved 7 January 2020.
  4. ^ a b c "Survey of London: Volume 11, Chelsea, Part IV: the Royal Hospital Appendix: The burial ground of the Royal Hospital". Survey of London. Victoria County History. Retrieved 8 January 2020.

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Coordinates: 51°29′19″N 0°09′24″W / 51.48873°N 0.15671°W / 51.48873; -0.15671