Brookwood Cemetery was first opened in 1854, and at that time grew to be one of the largest cemeteries in the world.
Built by the London Necropolis Company to receive London's past residents, it is still one of the largest privately-owned burial grounds in Britain and one of the biggest operating cemeteries in Western Europe. Since 1854, over 240,000 people have been laid to rest within its beautiful grounds.
The cemetery comprises approximately 230 acres of burial ground, some of which have been set aside for the use of specific communities and denominations.
It has a substantial Victorian Section, which contains many remarkable Victorian memorials and graves. It also contains the largest military cemeteries in the country including the World War One American cemetery, the oldest Muslim cemetery and the unique Zoroastrian burial ground.
Famous names buried at Brookwood include John Singer Sargent (portrait artist), Margaret, Duchess of Argyll (society beauty), Dr Robert Knox (Edinburgh anatomist) and Denis Wheatley (thriller writer).
Brookwood Cemetery is one of the most significant heritage assets in the Borough of Woking, and is a Grade I listed Park and Gardens, containing numerous individually listed structures.
Easily accessed by rail using Brookwood Station (originally built to service the cemetery) or by road via Cemetery Pales off the A322 Bagshot/Guildford Road, where there is limited parking space (GU24 0BL).
Phone: 01483 472 222
Brookwood Cemetery Society
The Brookwood Cemetery Society publishes trails, guides and newsletters, and also organises periodic guided walks around the extensive grounds.
Contact: Margaret Hobbs
Phone: 01344 891 041