Historic England calls for public to help protect Tower Hamlets Cemetery

The war memorial in Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park.

The war memorial in Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park. - Credit: Archant

Historic England is calling on Londoners to help protect the city’s seven ‘incredibly special’ graveyards, with Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park listed as among them.

The cemetery which was built in 1841, has become neglected and overgrown according to Historic England.

Principal adviser for Heritage at Risk in London, Becky Barrett said she believed that although the cemetery had a brighter future today than it has ever done, public support is still vital.

She said: “The upkeep of London’s Magnificent Seven cemeteries relies on the generous support and time of so many individuals.”

She suggested that the public could help maintain the cemeteries by looking out for volunteering opportunities and helping to complete cemetery records which are often patchy and need updating.

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Ms Barrett said: “Look out for volunteering opportunities, many cemeteries have established volunteering programmes.”

She said historic cemeteries are valuable windows into the past as they provide biographies of communities with countless stories to tell.

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Tower Hamlets Cemetery have been approached for comment.

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