Open House Festival

The Chapel in Tottenham Cemetery


George Pritchett, 1858

Tottenham Cemetery, Church Lane, N17 8AS

Two York stone Chapels are linked by a carriage arch built from Kentish Ragstone. The exterior is symmetrical and sturdy but the interior is a light stained glass spacious sanctuary with original features that make you step back in time.

Getting there


Wood Green


White Hart Lane





Accessibility notes

Use of toilet facilities at Antwerp Arms Pub 100 yards from The Chapel

What you can expect

Other heritage buildings nearby are participating in Open House so visitors can make a day of it and enjoy lunch at The Antwerp Arms Pub.



Tottenham Cemetery was opened in 1858 under the provisions of the Metropolitan Interments Act (1850), a response to the acute shortage of space in London’s churchyards and burial grounds. The Act enabled the construction of new cemeteries by publicly financed burial boards run by parish vestries. Tottenham & Wood Green Burial Board was formed in 1854 with offices at No. 586 High Road. The parish churchyard of All Hallows closed for burials in 1857.The Board purchased 5 acres (2 ha.) of agricultural land in 1858, of which the western three acres were consecrated for Anglican burials in December 1857, while the remaining two acres on the east side were reserved for nonconformist burials. The layout of the first generation of Victorian cemeteries was influenced by the work of John Claudius Loudon, whose treatise in 1843 established the grid system of laying out and planting.

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