Skip to main content

Streatham Cemetery in the mid-20th Century

More burials added to our Lambeth (London) Collection on the database 

The full set of records from Streatham Cemetery has now been uploaded. Amongst the new data on Deceased Online are the burial details of some significant south Londoners of the twentieth century. 


Read more about the early years at Streatham Cemetery here.

Charlie Wilson, the treasurer of the Great Train Robbery gang, also lies in Streatham Cemetery. Wilson met Bruce Reynolds in 1960 and they planned various heists, including £62,000 robbed from a security van in Heathrow Airport. Reynolds organised a group of 17 men to undertake the Great Train Robbery of 1963 and Wilson, as treasurer, distributed the shares of the haul, which amounted to £150,000 each. Wilson was tried in Aylesbury in 1964. In his court case, he said almost nothing and was nicknamed “the silent man”. He was sentenced to 30 years imprisonment, but after four months in HMP Winson Green he arranged for three men to break him out. Over the next few years he moved around the world, including Canada and France, until he was captured again in 1968. He served 10 years at HMP Durham before release in 1978. In 1990, Wilson was fatally shot at his home in Marbella and the suspected assailants never caught.

Bruce Reynolds (1931-2013) was buried in Highgate Cemetery, but died after the database end date of 2011. 


Sir Wyke Bayliss, British artist, author, and poet, rests in Streatham Cemetery after his death in 1906, aged 70. His father, Rev. John Cox Bayliss, taught military and mathematical drawing and encouraged his son's natural ability with drawing. After a move to London, Bayliss studied at the Royal Academy and the School of Design and became friends with many artists now known as pre-Raphaelites. Bayliss published a number of books, covering art critiques, depictions of Jesus, and a volume of poems. His most well known book is The Enchanted Island: the Venice of Titian, and Other Studies in Art. He became president of the Royal Society of British Artists in 1888, holding the post until his death. He received a knighthood in 1897.

We are working hard on digitising records from authorities in the East Midlands, London, the West Midlands, and the South East of England.

Read more about other local records in the London region that are available on Deceased Online in our blog on our London Collections.

Please do let us know if you have found any Streatham relatives in the database in the Comment Box below, or on our Twitter page. We love to hear from you!

All photographs in today's bulletin have been gratefully sourced from Wikimedia Commons. Author Irid Escent kindly shared them under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Nottingham Collection

This week, Deceased Online expands its Nottingham Collection with the addition of records from the early Victorian cemetery, Nottingham General. Enter Nottingham's General Cemetery from Canning Terrace and be prepared to step back in time to the late 19th century. Like many of the Victorian cemeteries in the Deceased Online collections, Nottingham General was designed to take the burden from parish churches whose graveyards had become overcrowded. Also, like many other Victorian cemeteries, this was administered by a newly-formed body, the Nottingham General Cemetery Company (1836) . The Grade II listed gatehouse , the chapel and the adjacent almshouses were built between 1836 and 1838 by S. S. Rawlinson . Burial registers were kept from the opening date of cemetery in 1838. Concerns were raised in the 1920s that this municipal cemetery was now overcrowded and from 1929 the cemetery was closed to new burials other than those who owned burial rights. Headstones in

London's Spa Fields

Deceased Online has just uploaded around 114,000 burial records from Spa Fields in the modern London borough of Islington Spa Fields today, with the Church of Our Most Holy Redeemer in the background Spa Fields Burial Ground became notorious in the 19th century for its overcrowded and insanitary conditions. Located in the parish of St James, Clerkenwell, the grave yard was not far from the ever-increasing City of London. Spa Fields was known also as Clerkenwell Fields and Ducking-pond Fields in the late 18th century, hinting at a dark side to what was then a summer evening resort for north Londoners. What would become a cemetery was a ducking pond in the rural grounds of a Spa Fields public house. It was here in 1683 that six children were drowned while playing on the ice. In his History of Clerkenwell (1865) William J. Pinks wrote that visitors, "came hither to witness the rude sports that were in vogue a century ago, such as duck-hunting, prize-fighting, bull-baiting

Highgate Cemetery Visiting News

Unique opportunity for visitors to one  of london's magnificent seven Cemeteries inside The west cemetery If you have ancestors buried in Highgate Cemetery's West Cemetery, you may have found it difficult to visit their graves. In recent years, visitors have been allowed into this part of the cemetery by guided tour only.  This summer, as an experiment, Highgate Cemetery is offering visitors the opportunity to experience Highgate Cemetery West on their own, without a guide.  Numbers are limited to preserve the tranquillity.  This will be possible on Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets go on sale 5 weeks beforehand, so it is worth checking back later if the date you want is not yet listed.  Tickets will not be sold at the Cemetery. If you turn up without a ticket, you will be refused entry. And t ickets cannot be changed or refunded.  The cemetery is divided by a main road between the  East and West Cemeteries . The East Cemetery has different visiting arrangements and can usually b