London Necropolis railway station refers to two stations in Waterloo, London, which served successively as the London terminus of the London Necropolis Railway.The London Necropolis Railway was opened in 1854 as a reaction to severe overcrowding in London's existing graveyards and cemeteries. Italian sections and a number of war graves of other nationalities, all cared for such as human remains.One of the more notable residents of the site is the Anglo-Saxon monarch, Edward the Martyr. in the late 19th century, to cope with demand and following the rapid expansion of Waterloo Station, The Necropolis was resited in an especially designed building on Westminster Bridge Road, complete with waiting rooms, a chapel for funeral services, lifts to raises the coffins up to the platform, and (in the railway arches) a mortuary to store the bodies.
Whilst the original stations are no longer there, Brookwood station has kept its direct link to the cemetery. In 1842 the Bishop of London, The Right Reverend Charles James Blomfield, told a House of Commons selected committee “I consider it improper” and that train travel was “inconsistent with the solemnity of a Christian funeral.”Others were more enthused by the idea. In the 1850s, the burial of the dead was a major public … The trains were sometimes referred to as the ’dead meat express’. Grave diggers were known to exhume corpses and cremate them to free up space. Thus, the cemetery crisis began. Patches of nettles can be a sign of an unmarked To the right as you exit the station via the cemetery exit there is a small section of the orignal track and a sign with a brief explanation about the railway.Adjacent to the cemetery is the Brookwood Military Cemetery, the largest Commonwealth war graves site in the UK. the time.The station of Brookwood was described in 1904 by Railway Magazine as ‘the most peaceful station in the three corners of the kingdom – this station of the dead’ but also as ‘a sad station, the saddest in our islands.’ Originally, a branch line left of Brookwood station would have taken passengers directly to one of two stations in the cemetery: one for Anglicans and one for non-conformists and other denominations. The gravestones stand in regimented rows, stretching to the horizon and bearing mute testimony to the horror of war. During the night of 16–17 April 1941, in one of the last major air raids on London, the Westminster Bridge Road station was destroyed by falling bombs.The Southern Railway offered the Necropolis Company 16th April 1941, when a bombing raid by the German Luftwaffe decimated the Waterloo terminus, that 'The Necropolis Railway' ceased. home within a few hours. The problem became so out of hand that corpses were stored beneath streets and stations before being carted out be buried in Surrey on the London Necropolis Railway. pauper graves were paid for by the parish of London, but families were not life. Thus, the cemetery crisis began. It was commissioned in 1966 by Greater London council as social housing. These scenery, through Richmond Park and Hampton court. This was temporary use of Waterloo station to allow the service to continue.
Exploring Britain's curiosities, historical footnotes, niche museums & moreFor nearly 90 years a single train left a dedicated station once a day and travelled non-stop for 40 minutes until it reached its passengers’ final destination – Brookwood Cemetery.London’s population more than doubled in the first half of the nineteenth century, from around 1 million to 2.5 million. by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.Usage of the railway began to decline with the introduction of the motor hearse in 1901, which by 1920 was a more popular means of carrying the dead than either the train or horse-drawn hearse.But it was the Luftwaffe who hammered the final nail into the coffin of the Necropolis Company.
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