Researching and Finding a Grave at the Cemetery Park
On this page you will find lots of information to help you locate your family (or the person you are researching) in the Cemetery Park.
Please note that we are unable to conduct most grave enquiries over the summer months as plant growth makes anything but the front few rows of graves dangerous to access. Please do still get in touch and our team will process your request as soon as they are able to. If planning a visit yourself, please be aware that September-April are the best times to visit to ensure a successful trip.
If you would like us to confirm the location of a grave on site, please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org with as much information as possible but at least the name, date of death/burial and the grave number of the person you are searching for. A copy of the burial records is also useful. An initial response from our Heritage Officer can take up to 28 working days due to our other commitments managing the Cemetery Park. There may be a longer additional wait if you would like our volunteers to go out and see if a headstone still remains in the location rather than arrange an appointment or search yourself. Whilst there is no charge for this service, donations are always appreciated (recommended donation £20) and every penny helps to ensure that this service can continue.
If you need our assistance, please make an appointment before coming to Tower Hamlets to search for a grave. If visit without an appointment or with little notice, unfortunately, we may not be able to help you. Even with a plot number, graves can be very difficult to find and visits are best made between September and April when there is less plant growth preventing access to the headstones. You can also attend our drop-in heritage sessions (currently 2nd Sunday of every month managed by the East London History Society) which are open for grave enquiries from 2pm until 3pm or our monthly online support sessions on the 3rd Tuesday of most months (bookable at tickettailor.com/events/thefriendsoftowerhamletscemeterypark/961236).
You can contact us by email – email@example.com or call our office on: 0203 982 8670 to make an appointment. For all other enquiries, please contact our heritage officer, Claire, on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Caring for a Grave at Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park
If you would like to conduct any maintenance, cleaning or tidying around a grave, please first get in touch with Claire on email@example.com. Whilst we welcome support in caring for the 47,000 headstones on sites, we need to delicately balance the needs of heritage and nature at the Cemetery Park and have grave care policies in place to ensure that both the stones and our habitats can be cared for. The headstones at the Cemetery Park are no longer owned by the families of the deceased after the closure of the Cemetery in 1966 but we welcome families who might like to be part of the process and support through physical maintenance or financial contributions towards upkeep.