Queen's Road Cemetery
Following the establishment of Croydon Burial Board in 1859, Queen's Road Cemetery was the first cemetery in Croydon, founded in 1861. Mitcham Road Cemetery (q.v.) was later opened in 1897 to cater for the over-spill from Queen's Road. Much remains of the original layout shown on the 1st edition OS of 1863, which has a central walk heavily planted with cedars, holly and yew, and other notable trees include limes, yews, horse chestnuts and cedars planted amongst the graves. Symmetrical curving paths lead off the central path, again largely surviving from the original layout, some are now asphalted and others are traceable in the grass. The cemetery buildings included a pair of linked chapels by E C Robins whose designs were selected following a competition; Robins was responsible for building Coombe Cliff House for John Horniman, whose gardens now form part of Park Hill Recreation Ground (q.v.). Also remaining are the cemetery lodge, now privately owned, and the stone gate piers and fine railings on Queen’s Road.
The older part of the cemetery east of the chapels contains the more interesting monuments. Portions of the cemetery were set aside for different denominations. Notable people buried here include members of the Austin family, including Isabella Saward (died at 105 in 1950), whose memorial is in a rare cast iron 'gothic style' design and is very ornate and surrounded by cast iron railings. Buried in Grave No. 4, Section C3 is local dentist Samuel Lee Rymer (1832-1909), who was instrumental in improving the state of the dental profession, a member of Croydon Board of Health and elected Alderman of the new Croydon Borough Council in June 1883 and later Mayor (1893/4). Other monuments include four unusual slate headstones of the Couch family. Also buried here are the author, artist and historian John Anderson (d.1907); Sir Reuben Barrow (d.1917), Liberal MP for Bermondsey; Edmund Duff (d.1928), Vera Sydney and Violet Sydney (both d. 1929) who all died of arsenic poisoning in the unsolved case known as the Croydon Poisoning Mystery; Admiral Sir Stephen Lushington (1803-1877), Crimean war veteran and governor of Greenwich Hospital. There is also a memorial shaped like Cleopatra’s needle to Joshua Allder, one of Croydon’s best known businessmen and founder of Allders in 1862, a department store in Croydon. There are a number of information boards within the cemetery on those buried there and the location of the graves.
This multi is designed to take you round the history of the cemetery. I have found it very interesting researching all the cemetery has to offer sadly I cant put it all in here. The D/T is one that is missing for London area so I hope this will bring new faces to the area.
At the first way-point this is a the location of the multi icon. In the bottom left hand corner what is the date associated with Whitehall. AB MAY 1860
At the second way-point widows first mourning CDEF
At the third way-point what is the grave no. for Cyril Johnstone OBE. GHIJK SECTION A4
At the fourth way-point Airman 3rd class Thomas James Wheeler Royal Air Force LM MARCH 1917
At the fifth way-point When the doomsday book was completed 1086 what was the estimated population of Croydon? NOP
the answers that your looking for can be found on the information board at each way-point
you will need to find the answers to ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOP To decipher the final co-ordinates.
N 51 A G .(D - H) B G
W 000 (J - K) P. (O + L) E (M - C - N)
contents of cache Log, Pencil, two kiddy bath toys, one airline tooth brush, chef buttons, a whistle,& 5 Chinese pow packets.