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Welcome to Mortlake Crematorium

Mortlake Crematorium was a joint municipal venture, undertaken by the Boroughs of Hammersmith, Richmond, Barnes and Acton. The Crematorium lies within the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. It is situated on the banks of the River Thames by Chiswick Bridge and serves the west and south-west of London.

We deliver a professional and caring service through our sympathetic, competent and trained staff.  Our priority is to ensure that all funerals are organised and conducted in a way which meets with the religious, cultural and personal needs of each individual.  We understand that a meaningful funeral is an important part of grieving.  We also recognise that the crematorium provides a focal point for bereaved people, and aim to make the grounds, clean and safe places for people to visit.




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Mortlake Crematorium was licensed in 1936 under the Mortlake Crematorium Act 1936, thereby becoming the first to be established under its own Act of Parliament. The building was designed by Douglas Barton, an employee of the Hammersmith Metropolitan Borough Council.

It was constructed in three years at a cost of £27,000. It was equipped with a Garden of Remembrance for the scattering of ashes, and also offered panels and niches in which ashes could be deposited.

The facility was finally opened in January 1939 by Lord Horder, the then physician to the King. Mortlake Crematorium’s outward appearance changed little over the following years until 1982, when Colin Gilbert, an architect from Ealing, designed additional gardens on the area of land between the crematorium and the river Thames.


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