East Finchley Cemetery
History and characteristicsEdit
The St Marylebone Burial Board purchased 47 acres (0.19 km2) of Newmarket Farm in 1854; and the cemetery, then known as St Marylebone Cemetery, was laid out by architects Barnet & Brick Ltd. the following year with an Anglican Grade II listed chapel. Principal features are two Lebanon Cedar trees planted on the front lawn. The crematorium was opened in 1937  and is now owned by The London Cremation Company. 
Due to local government reorganisation, the cemetery was managed by the Metropolitan Borough of St Marylebone – from 1900; and became the responsibility of the City of Westminster in 1965, when the cemetery became known by its current name. The cemetery contains about 22,000 interments; and remains open for burials.
The cemetery became a point of controversy in the early nineties when the then Leader of Westminster City Council and Councillor Hartley wanted the Cemetery to be sold. The cemetery also included a considerable amount of land being used at the time for plant propagation for horticultural use throughout the City of Westminster; it also provided housing for the Cemetery Keeper. After much political argument at Council Meetings and against the advice of the Chief Officers concerned, the Cemetery was sold for three pence.
Within a short period of time the cemetery was then sold by a Westminster estate agent for one million pounds. It was then sold on to an off-shore company for three million pounds. How the management of burials came back to W.C.C. is not known.
The cemetery contains a number of structures listed on the National Heritage List for England. The monuments to Thomas Skarratt Hall, Harry Ripley, Peter Nicol Russell, Thomas Tate, and the mausoleum of Algernon Borthwick, 1st Baron Glenesk and his wife and son are all listed Grade II, as is the crematorium and chapel.
- Melanie Appleby – one half of pop duo Mel and Kim
- Henry Walter Bates - Naturalist and explorer who gave the first scientific account of mimicry in animals
- Jeremy Beadle - TV presenter (cremated here, buried Highgate Cemetery)
- Sir Henry Bishop – Professor of Music at Oxford and operatic composer
- Keith Blakelock – Police Constable murdered in Tottenham riot
- Algernon Borthwick, 1st Baron Glenesk – Memorial chapel and Mausoleum
- Sir Austen Chamberlain – Foreign Secretary, recipient of Nobel Peace Prize, son of Joseph Chamberlain and brother of Neville Chamberlain
- Harry Champion – Music Hall Singer
- Robert Donat – Actor
- Matthew Garber – Actor
- William Gowland - Engineer and archaeologist who for many years lived in Japan
- Thomas Skarratt Hall - foundation investor in the Mount Morgan mine, Queensland, Australia
- Alfred Harmsworth, 1st Viscount Northcliffe – Founder of the Daily Mail
- Sir Robert Harmsworth – Newspaper Publisher with a memorial by Edwin Lutyens
- Harold Harrison - England rugby union international, died serving as army Colonel in World War II.
- Sir George Hayter – Queen Victoria’s principal painter in ordinary
- Humphrey Lyttelton - English jazz musician and broadcaster (cremated)
- Max Herrmann-Neisse - exiled German poet and novelist
- Thomas Henry Huxley – Scientist
- Sidney Paget - Illustrator of Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories
- Wendy Richard - Actress, previously cremated Golders Green Crematorium
- W. Heath Robinson – Artist and cartoonist
- Gaynor Rowlands – Actress and Singer
- Thomas Stevens – Cyclist, the first one to circle the globe by bicycle
- Henry Charles Stephens – Ink magnate, philanthropist and local MP
- Marie Studholme – Actress and Singer
- Leopold Stokowski – Conductor
- William Bernhardt Tegetmeier - English naturalist, bee keeper and friend of Charles Darwin
- Little Tich – Music Hall singer and dancer.
- George Walters – Sergeant in the 49th Foot who won the Victoria Cross at the Battle of Inkermann in 1854
- Kenneth Williams - Actor and comedian (cremated).
- Sir Arthur Worley - President, British Insurance Association 
There are 75 Commonwealth service war burials of World War I in the cemetery, most in the War Graves plot in the cemetery's northwest corner that was set aside for military burials in 1916, and 79 of World War II (including two unidentified British soldiers), besides ten 'Non War graves' that the Commonwealth War Graves Commission maintains. A Screen Wall memorial, behind the Cross of Sacrifice, records the names of the 20 World War II casualties who were cremated at the St Marylebone Crematorium.
There are also special memorials to eight World War I servicemen whose graves could not be marked by headstones.
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