The Tottenham Park Cemetery (the Cemetery), of Dodsley Place, Montagu Road, Lower Edmonton, London N9 0EU, is owned by Mr. Peter Demetriou and managed on his behalf by Demetriou & English Funeral Directors Limited (Demetriou & English) of 131-133 Myddleton Road, Wood Green, London N22 8NG.
The Cemetery was established in 1912 by the Tottenham Park Cemetery Limited and had been serving the local community ever since. A small brick chapel was constructed near the end of the Central Drive designed by John Bannen who also designed the chapel at Surbiton and Streatham Park Cemeteries. It also had the distinction of having a large cross erected at the Cemetery as a gift from the Church of St. Clemens in 1932. It is also the resting place of 32 World War II veterans.
The last decades have not been particularly good to the Cemetery, with numerous issues and both local and central Government expressing concern over the way it had been operated and neglected. Mr. Demetriou, who has 30 years of experience as a Funeral Director working in North London and serving the local community purchased the Cemetery on 4th January 2019 in the hope of restoring and rejuvenating it.
Despite those good intentions Mr. Demetriou has met hostility and is under continuous attack in social media and to the authorities by a number of the unsuccessful buyers of the Cemetery, who are under the impression they can force Mr. Demetriou to sell on the Cemetery and from a number of the Cemetery’s users who appear to believe that they had certain special rights and privileges by virtue of a ‘special relationship’ with its former owners to the exclusion and detriment of the majority of its users and the Cemetery itself.
These attacks have included rummaging around the Cemetery for remains that have surfaced or are near the surface as a consequence of the elements, soil erosion and even the way it was operated previously, and which resulted in the intervention from the Ministry of Justice. Some of those remains also appear to have been removed from the Cemetery preventing any identification (if possible) and a proper interment at or near the site that they may have been found. Any opportunity to criticise, without consideration of the real facts, has been taken. This includes amongst other things, the state of the trees (despite a substantial and ongoing tree clearance programme), the state of the Chapel (which was previously allowed to become dilapidated) and the digging of graves on the false allegation that there is no more grave space at the Cemetery.
Until the beginning of this year the Chapel was not in the ownership and or control of Mr. Demetriou and unfortunately could not form part of the Cemetery’s refurbishment and restoration, for which he has been criticised even though he had no right to include it within his plans. Mr. Demetriou is now pleased to confirm that is no longer the case and plans are being drawn up to incorporate this historic Chapel within that refurbishment and restoration.
The genuine users of the Cemetery will be aware of the substantial work already undertaken and continuing at the Cemetery. They would have already seen repaired driveways, new gates, an automatic gate opening system, CCTV, the construction of an onsite general office, tree clearance, landscaping and w/c facilities for those who register with the Cemetery for Privileged Membership.
Mr. Demetriou asks those genuine users to join him in supporting his efforts to restore, refurbish and maintain the Cemetery for everyone, not just those who believe they have entitlements over it. He expresses his warm and sincere gratitude to those who have already voiced and written to him in support of his efforts.
Those who have purchased burial rights at the Cemetery since his purchase will be aware that Mr. Demetriou is in the process of undertaking the detailed digital mapping of the entire Cemetery and correlating those maps with a ground inspection and the shambolic historic differing records he inherited from his predecessors. In doing this he hopes to: identify each and every grave; allocate a uniform numbering system; issue Rights of Burial Deeds using the new uniform numbering system; free up grave space for the future use of the Cemetery by the community as a whole.
Anyone waiting for new Rights of Burial Deeds, should not be concerned as the receipt of payment for the grave is the actual evidence of the right to use the purchased plot and as soon as the mapping and correlation is concluded they will receive an appropriate Deed to keep along with that receipt.
The restoration and rejuvenation project is far from complete and the responsibility for maintaining the individual grave plots rests with the grave owners. Mr. Demetriou once again calls upon the Users of the Cemetery and the Authorities to join with and help him in ensuring that the Cemetery can once again attain the respect and reverence it deserves.
As many of you will be aware, the Cemetery has only limited spaces available and as such future income from the Cemetery is similarly limited. We have endeavoured to keep our fees and charges not only competitive but generally below those of other private London cemeteries. Those fees and charges are below that necessary to meet the current and future needs of the Cemetery that faces long standing problems not encountered by other cemeteries in London. The Cemetery welcomes and would be grateful for any donations to help with that funding and keep our fees and charges at a level that can serve the local community.
The Cemetery operates under the Rules and Regulations set out in the Local Authorities Cemeteries Order 1977. The Terms, Conditions and Regulations can be downloaded from this Website at www.tottenhamparkcemetery.co.uk and or can be inspected at the Cemetery’s General Office and or at the offices of Demetriou & English Funeral Directors Ltd, 131-133 Myddleton Road, London, N22 8NG. Those Terms, Conditions and Regulations are designed to ensure compliance with the requirements of the said 1977 Order, the proper management of the Cemetery and for the benefit of the Cemetery and its users.
Any person entering and or using the Cemetery is bound by the Terms, Conditions and Regulations of the Cemetery.
Tottenham Park Cemetery is a small private burial ground dating from 1912, which was originally established as a paupers' cemetery. and adjacent to the older Edmonton Federation Cemetery. A central drive lined with lime trees leads to the original brick Gothic chapel, designated a conservation area. It remains privately owned and is now particularly used for Muslim burials.
The cemetery’s Gothic chapel is similar in style to the chapels of Surbiton Cemetery and Streatham Cemetery and South London Crematorium (q.v.), which were designed by architect John Bannen.
Since 2019 the cemetery (excluding the Chapel) has been under the new Ownership of Mr. Peter Demetriou. Since the beginning of this year the Chapel has also come under his control and he looks forward to a partnership with the community to ensure that the whole of the Cemetery can achieve the respect and reverence it deserves.