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Dedicated sections in the Anglican cemetery were also reserved for burials from those parishes which had made burial arrangements with the LNC.[54]

Immediately after its foundation the LNC used existing firms of London undertakers to arrange funerals, but over time took over all aspects of the arrangements from coffin-making to masonry.[77] DELL DFS541305MH0T Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

LNC funerals were intentionally kept as similar as possible to those of traditional undertakers, with the exception that a railway carriage was used in place of a hearse.[48] On being commissioned to provide a funeral, invitations would be sent out either by the deceased's family or from the LNC offices. HP G62-341NR Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

These letters specified the waiting room to be used, the time of the train to Brookwood, and the expected return time to London.[48] If the funeral was to be held in London, a traditional hearse and carriage would take the deceased to their parish church for the service, and then on to the London railway terminus; HP Pavilion dv6648el Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

if the funeral was to take place in the terminus or in Brookwood, the procession would come directly to the terminus.

On arrival at the terminus the mourners would be led either to one of the dedicated first class waiting rooms (for first and second class funerals) or to the communal third class waiting room.[ HP Pavilion dv7-6151ed Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

The coffin would be discreetly unloaded from the hearse and sent to the platform level by lift.[89] Those attending first and second class funerals would be permitted to watch the coffins being loaded onto the train if they so wished.[76] (After the relocation to the new London terminus in 1902, some funeral services would be held in a Chapelle Ardente on platform level,Toshiba Satellite P100-386 Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

for those cases where mourners were unable to make the journey to Brookwood.[76]) Each door of the waiting train would be labelled with the name of the deceased, to ensure all passengers travelled with the correct funeral party;[76] the names of the deceased being carried on the train would be called in turn, and that person's mourners would board the train.[89]  HP G42-380LA Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

At the time the service was inaugurated, the LNC's trains were divided both by class and by religion, with separate Anglican and Nonconformist sections of the train.[37] This distinction applied to both living and dead passengers. Intended to prevent persons from different social background from mixing and potentially distressing mourners and to prevent bodies of  HP G60-230us Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

persons from different social classes being carried in the same compartment rather than to provide different facilities, the carriages intended for all classes and religions were very similar in design, and the primary difference was different ornamentation on the compartment doors.[31] HP KSB06105HA Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

At 11.35 am (11.20 am on Sundays) the train would leave London for Brookwood, arriving at Necropolis Junction at 12.25 pm (12.20 pm on Sundays).

On arrival at North or South station coffins would usually be unloaded onto a hand-drawn bier and pulled by LNC staff to the appropriate chapel.[91] While this was taking place the mourners were escorted to the waiting rooms at the station.[92SONY Vaio VPC-EB1E0E Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

] On arrival at the chapels first and second class funerals would generally have a brief service (third class funerals had a single service in the appropriate chapel for all those being buried).[91] For those burials where the funeral service had already been held at either a parish church or the LNC's London terminus the coffins would be taken directly from the train to the grave.[78] Compaq Presario CQ70-220EO Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

The return trains to London generally left South station at 2.15 pm and Necropolis Junction at 2.30 pm; the return journey initially took around an hour owing to the need to stop to refill the engine with water, but following the construction of the water tower in the cemetery this fell to around 40 minutes.[92] HP Pavilion dv7-3060sb Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

An 1854 agreement between the LNC and LSWR gave consent for the LNC to operate two or three funeral trains each day if demand warranted it, but traffic levels never rose to a sufficient level to activate this clause.[79]

The train only ran if there was a coffin or passengers at the London terminus waiting to use it, ACER Aspire 7720 Series Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

and both the journey from London to Brookwood and the later return would be cancelled if nobody was due to leave London that morning.[37] It would not run if there was only a single third or second class coffin to be carried, and in these cases the coffin and funeral party would be held until the next service.[93] SONY UDQF2PH52CF0 Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

Generally the trains ran direct from London to the cemetery, other than occasional stops to take on water. Between 1890 and 1910 the trains also sometimes stopped at Vauxhall and Clapham Junction for the benefit of mourners from south west London who did not want to travel via Waterloo, but these intermediate stops were discontinued and never reinstated.[79] Compaq Presario CQ61-216TU Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

After 1 October 1900 the Sunday trains were discontinued, and from 1902 the daily train service was ended and trains ran only as required.[80] On some occasions where there were very large numbers of mourners the LSWR would provide special passenger trains from Waterloo to their own station at Brookwood to carry additional mourners to the vicinity of the cemetery.[88] Toshiba Satellite A215-S5802 Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

As well as intending to conduct those burials which would previously have taken place in London's now-closed graveyards, the LNC also envisaged the physical relocation of the closed burial grounds to their Necropolis, to provide a final solution to the problems caused by burials in built-up areas.[62] Toshiba Satellite A210-1BC Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

The massive London civil engineering projects of the mid-19th century—the railways, the sewer system and from the 1860s the precursors to the London Underground—often necessitated the demolition of existing churchyards.[94] The first major relocation took place in 1862, DELL Inspiron 630m Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

when the construction of Charing Cross railway stationand the routes into it necessitated the demolition of the burial ground of Cure's College in Southwark.[94] Around 5,000 cubic yards (3,800 m3) of earth was displaced, uncovering at least 7,950 bodies.[94] These were packed into 220 large containers, each containing 26 adults plus children, ACER Travelmate 4152nlci Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

and shipped on the London Necropolis Railway to Brookwood for reburial, along with at least some of the existing headstones from the cemetery, at a cost of around 3 shillings per body.[62] At least 21 London burial grounds were relocated to Brookwood via the railway, along with numerous others relocated by road following the railway's closure.[ HP Pavilion dv6-3034tx Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

The LNC's exhumation and relocation business, split from the LNC in 1973 and renamed "Necropolis", continued to operate until 2002.

The success of the LNC relied on taking over all, or at least a significant portion, of the burials of London's dead. However, while the Metropolitan Interment Amendment Act 1852 had repealed Chadwick's scheme for two very large cemeteries near London,HP G62-107SA Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

it had also permitted London's parishes to make their own arrangements for the burial of their dead.[96] Each parish could make arrangements with the cemetery of its choosing, or use money from the rates to create their own cemeteries.[61] The financial mismanagement and internal disputes within the LNC had delayed the opening of   HP G62-455TX Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

Brookwood Cemetery by 18 months,[42] and during this period new cemeteries nearer London had opened or were nearing completion.[61]While some parishes did choose Brookwood as their burial site, many preferred either to make arrangements with less distant cemeteries, or to buy land on the outskirts of London and open their own suburban cemeteries.[61] HP 532617-001 Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

Concerns over the financial irregularities and the viability of the scheme had led to only 15,000 of the 25,000 LNC shares being sold, severely limiting the company's working capital and forcing it to take out large loans.[97] Buying the land from Lord Onslow, compensating local residents for the loss of rights over Woking Common, HP Pavilion dv6-1101au CPU Fan

draining and landscaping the portion to be used for the initial cemetery, and building the railway lines and stations were all expensive undertakings. With far fewer burial contracts with London parishes than had been anticipated, by the time Brookwood Cemetery opened in November 1854 the LNC was on the verge of bankruptcy.[61] HP Pavilion dv7-3190ev CPU Fan

Recognising their financial predicament, the LNC lobbied Parliament for a new Act of Parliament to allow the venture to survive. On 23 July 1855 the London Necropolis & National Mausoleum Amendment Act 1855 received Royal Assent.[98] This Act released the LNC from those compulsory purchases of land which had been mandated by the 1852 HP Pavilion dv7-1157cl CPU Fan

Act but had not yet been completed, easing the immediate financial burden.[84] It also allowed a ten-year window for the LNC to sell certain parts of the land bought from Lord Onslow which were not required for the cemetery, to provide a source of income.[84]

Although the 1855 Act permitted the LNC to sell land, this proved difficult. HP COMPAQ NX9420 CPU Fan

Of the 2,200-acre (3.4 sq mi; 8.9 km2) site, around 700 acres (1.1 sq mi; 2.8 km2) were occupied by the initial Necropolis site and the adjacent reserve site, and a further 200 acres (0.31 sq mi; 0.81 km2) retained their common land rights and could not be developed in any way, rendering them worthless to prospective buyers. HP Mini 110-1110ET CPU Fan

While this left 1,300 acres (2.0 sq mi; 5.3 km2) theoretically able to be sold, the Brookwood site had been chosen for its remoteness and there were few prospective buyers.[84] While 214 acres (0.33 sq mi; 0.87 km2) were bought by the government as sites for prisons and a lunatic asylum, the LNC struggled to sell the remainder. HP Pavilion dv7-1157cl CPU Fan

By the time the ten-year window for land sales expired in 1865, only 346 acres (0.54 sq mi; 1.4 km2) had been sold.[84]

With the majority of the surplus lands still unsold, as the ten-year window expired the LNC successfully petitioned for a further five-year extension. HP Pavilion dv6-3163eo CPU Fan

The LNC was by this time in serious financial difficulties, and dependent on loans from its own directors to settle outstanding debts.[99] The business had been established on the basis that the cemetery would handle between 10,000 and 50,000 burials per year, but the number never exceeded 4,100 and over its first 20 years of operations averaged just 3,200. HP Pavilion dv9740us CPU Fan

As the five-year extension expired the financial difficulties remained, and under pressure from shareholders theLondon Necropolis & National Mausoleum Amendment Act 1869 was passed. This removed all restrictions on land sales, other than within the existing cemetery and the adjacent reserve site.[ ACER Aspire 4743 CPU Fan

Despite the releasing of restrictions in the 1869 Act, land sales remained disappointing. By 1887 less than half the surplus land had been sold, much of it at very low prices.

In December 1887 the LNC appointed Cyril Tubbs to supervise the LNC estate.[83] Tubbs was given a broad remit to "advance the company's interests",HP Pavilion dv6-2170us CPU Fan

including buying and selling land, supervising the railway stations, advertising the cemetery and liaising with the LSWR.[83] Tubbs set about restructuring the design of Brookwood Cemetery to make it more appealing to mourners and visitors. The cemetery was divided into numbered sections, separated by an expanded network of avenues. Toshiba Satellite L675-S7018 CPU Fan

These avenues were all named, and signposts were erected along them, to allow visitors easily to find their way around the sprawling Brookwood site, and to locate particular graves; the naming and numbering system devised by Tubbs has remained in use ever since.[83]

Tubbs established a masonry works and showroom near the centre of the cemetery, ASUS F80Q CPU Fan

allowing the LNC to provide grave markers without the difficulty of shipping them from London,[100] and opened a LNC-owned nursery in the grounds for the sale of plants and wreaths.[83] This increased the practice of mourners planting flowers and shrubs around graves, ACER TravelMate 4200 CPU Fan

which was in turn used by the LNC in their promotional material to promote Brookwood as a "Garden of Sleep".[101] In around 1904 the masonry works was expanded and equipped with a siding from the railway branch line,[102] allowing the LNC to sell its gravestones andfunerary art to cemeteries nationwide.[103] HP 434678-001 CPU Fan

Tubbs also oversaw a restructuring of the ailing programme to sell the LNC's surplus lands. The estate was partitioned into three sections, and separate estate agents appointed to oversee the disposal of each.[104] Many of the lands near Woking railway station and around Brookwood were sold, at much higher prices than the LNC disposals had previously fetched. HP G70-120EA CPU Fan

No suitable agent could be found to oversee the sale of the third portion of LNC land, Hook Heath, and as a consequence Tubbs kept it under LNC control and oversaw its development himself. Over the 1890s the site was subdivided into plots for large detached houses, and a golf course was built to attract residents and visitors. Toshiba Satellite A300-034 CPU Fan

In August 1914, on the outbreak of the First World War, the LNC offered to donate to the War Office 1 acre (4,000 m2) of land "for the free interment of soldiers and sailors who have returned from the front wounded and may subsequently die". The offer was not taken up until 1917, when a section of the cemetery was set aside as Brookwood Military Cemetery, HP 606609-001 CPU Fan

used for the burials of service personnel who died in the London District.[103] In 1921 this area was sold to the Imperial War Graves Commission (later the Commonwealth War Graves Commission), and since then the military cemeteries have been administered and maintained by the IWGC/CWGC and its equivalents for other nations whose military are buried there.[ Compaq Presario CQ60-301sl CPU Fan

In September 1922 the LNC sold an area adjacent to the Military Cemetery to the US government. The LNC was hired by the US government to landscape this area and build a chapel, creating the American Military Cemetery (later the Brookwood American Cemetery and Memorial), TOSHIBA Satellite L300 CPU Fan

the only burial ground in Britain for US casualties of the First World War.[109][110] Although built by the LNC, since 1923 the American Military Cemetery has been administered by the American Battle Monuments Commission. After the Second World War the military cemeteries were extended to include dedicated sections for many of the Allied nations, ASUS Eee PC 701 CPU Fan

and in 1958 theBrookwood Memorial, commemorating 3,500 Commonwealth casualties of the Second World War with no known grave, was dedicated at the site.[111] Between them, the military cemeteries occupy around 37 acres (150,000 m2) of the site.

In 1878 the Cremation Society of Great Britain bought an isolated piece of the LNC's Brookwood land and built Woking Crematorium on the site. Compaq Presario CQ60-305sa CPU Fan

The crematorium was completed in 1879 but Richard Cross, the Home Secretary, bowed to strong protests from local residents and threatened to prosecute if any cremations were conducted.[113] As a consequence the crematorium was not used other than for the experimental incineration of livestock.[113] HP 637607-001 CPU Fan

The 1884 trial ofWilliam Price established that human cremation was not unlawful in England,[92][114] and on 26 March 1885 the first human cremation took place at Woking.[115][note 16] Although the LNC was hostile to the idea of cremation,[112] Woking Crematorium was the only operational crematorium in the country.[ HP Pavilion dv7-3067nr CPU Fan

Since the Necropolis Railway provided the easiest way to transport bodies and mourners from London to the Woking area, transport to and from Woking Crematorium soon began to provide a significant source of revenue for the LNC.

Cremation remained unusual and very expensive; the cost of a cremation at Woking was £6, not including transport and funeral costs, HP Pavilion dv5-1210ez CPU Fan

more than twice the £2 10s cost of a first class burial at Brookwood.[120][121] By 1891 only 177 people had been cremated at Woking.[122] Cyril Tubbs recognised that a potential increase in cremations once the practice became accepted represented an opportunity for the LNC.[83] In July 1891 he proposed that the LNC build its own crematorium and columbarium Compaq Presario CQ50-211nr CPU Fan

(building for the storage of cremated remains) within the cemetery, with the ultimate goal of taking over all funeral arrangements for the Cremation Society.[83] The Cremation Society were keen to prevent a competitor to Woking Crematorium, and sought to cooperate with the LNC.[83] HP G56-114SA CPU Fan

The fares for the transport of mourners and coffins on the London Necropolis Railway had been fixed by Parliament in 1852 at 6s for a living first class passenger and £1 for a first class coffin (in 1891 worth about £28 and £92 respectively in 2014 consumer terms).[ SONY Vaio VGN-CR21Z/N CPU Fan

Rival firms of undertakers were not permitted to use the LNC's trains to Brookwood Cemetery and had to pay the much more expensive LSWR fares to transport coffins and mourners from Waterloo to Woking, giving the LNC a significant advantage in carriage to the crematorium.[123] HP Pavilion dv7-4060eo CPU Fan

While the LNC never built its own crematorium, in 1910 Lord Cadogan decided he no longer wanted to be interred in the mausoleum he had commissioned at Brookwood. This building, the largest mausoleum in the cemetery, was bought by the LNC, fitted with shelves and niches to hold urns, and used as a dedicated columbarium from then on. Toshiba Satellite M70-252 CPU Fan

On 13 April 1927 Cyril Tubbs died, after almost 40 years as surveyor, general manager and later a director of the LNC.[2] Shortly afterwards, during meetings of the LNC's shareholders on 16 June and 14 July 1927, the words "National Mausoleum" were formally dropped from the LNC's name, the company being officially renamed the London Necropolis Company.[2] Toshiba Satellite A100-455 CPU Fan

On 28 December 1927 George Barratt, who had worked for the LNC for 63 years and been Superintendent of Brookwood Cemetery for 41 years, also died.[2] Although the number of burials was gradually declining, it remained relatively steady. However, by this time mechanical hearses had begun to affect the numbers of people using the London Necropolis Railway. HP Pavilion dv5-2112br CPU Fan

Trains still ran to the cemetery when there was demand, but the service which had previously operated almost every day was now generally only running around twice a week.[2] By now the trees planted by the LNC in its early years of operations were mature, and Brookwood Cemetery was becoming a tourist attraction in its own right, often featuring in excursion guides of the 1920s and 1930s. DELL BFB0505HA CPU Fan

During the Second World War Waterloo station and the nearby Thames bridges were a significant target for bombing, and there were several near-misses on the station during the London Blitz of 1940–41.[125] Although there were several interruptions to the Necropolis train service owing to enemy action elsewhere on the line, HP Pavilion dv6-3299en CPU Fan

the Necropolis station was undamaged during the early stages of the bombing campaign.[125] During the night of 16–17 April 1941, in one of the last major air raids on London, this good fortune came to an end. As bombs repeatedly fell on the Waterloo area, the rolling stock parked in the Necropolis siding was burned, SONY Vaio VGN-NW11Z/T CPU Fan

and the railway arch connecting the main line to the Necropolis terminus was badly damaged.[126] Multiple incendiary devices and high explosive bombs struck the central section of the terminus building. While the LNC's office building and the station platforms survived, the central section of the station was reduced to rubble. Toshiba Satellite L550-20W CPU Fan

On 11 May 1941 the station was officially declared closed.[126][note 20]

The Southern Railway (SR), which had absorbed the LSWR in 1923, offered the LNC the temporary use of Waterloo station to allow the Necropolis Railway service to be continued,[ HP Pavilion dv7-4183sf CPU Fan

but refused to allow the LNC to continue to sell cheap tickets to visitors travelling to and from the cemetery stations other than those involved in a funeral that day, meaning those visiting the cemetery had little reason to choose the LNC's irregular and infrequent trains to the cemetery stations over the SR's fast and frequent services to Brookwood.[ HP Pavilion dv7-3190ev CPU Fan

The LNC attempted to negotiate a deal by which genuine mourners could still travel cheaply to the cemetery on the 11.57 am service to Brookwood (the SR service closest to the LNC's traditional departure time), but the SR management (themselves under severe financial pressure owing to wartime constraints and damage) refused to entertain any compromise.[ HP KSB06105HA CPU Fan

In September 1945, following the end of hostilities, the directors of the LNC met to consider whether to rebuild the terminus and reopen the London Necropolis Railway. Although the main line from Waterloo to Brookwood had remained in use throughout the war and was in good condition, HP G62-244CA CPU Fan

the branch line from Brookwood into the cemetery had been almost unused since the destruction of the London terminus.[126] With the soil of the cemetery causing the branch to deteriorate even when it had been in use and regularly maintained, the branch line was in extremely poor condition.[63][126] HP Pavilion dv7-3190ei CPU Fan

Although Richard Broun had calculated that over its first century of operations the cemetery would have seen around five million burials at a rate of 50,000 per year, at the time the last train ran on 11 April 1941 only 203,041 people had been buried at Brookwood in almost 87 years of operations.[93] HP G62-244CA CPU Fan

Increased use of motorised road transport had damaged the profitability of the railway for the LNC,[69] and faced with the costs of rebuilding the cemetery branch line, building a new London terminus and replacing the rolling stock damaged or destroyed in the air raid, ASUS A6000R CPU Fan

the directors concluded that "past experience and present changed conditions made the running of the Necropolis private train obsolete".[126] In mid-1946 the LNC formally informed the SR that the Westminster Bridge Road terminus would not be reopened.[128]

The decision prompted complicated negotiations with the SR over the future of the LNC facilities in London.[ HP Pavilion dv7-6011sg CPU Fan

In December 1946 the directors of the two companies finally reached agreement.[131] The railway-related portions of the LNC site (the waiting rooms, the caretaker's flat and the platforms themselves) would pass into the direct ownership of the SR, while the remaining surviving portions of the site (the office block on Westminster Bridge Road, Toshiba Satellite L300D-01P CPU Fan

the driveway and the ruined central portion of the site) would pass to the LNC to use or dispose of as they saw fit.[126] The LNC sold the site to the British Humane Association in May 1947 for £21,000 (about £696,000 in terms of 2014 consumer spending power),[45] and the offices of the LNC were transferred to the Superintendent's Office at BrookwoodCompaq Presario CQ60-409CA CPU Fan

21] The SR continued to use the surviving sections of the track as occasional sidings into the 1950s, before clearing what remained of their section of the site.[127]

While most of the LNC's business was now operated by road, an agreement on 13 May 1946 allowed the LNC to make use of SR services from Waterloo to Brookwood station for funerals, HP Mini 110-3010sf CPU Fan

subject to the condition that should the service be heavily used the SR (British Railways after 1948) reserved the right to restrict the number of funeral parties on any given train.[132] Although one of the LNC's hearse carriages had survived the bombing it is unlikely that this was ever used, and coffins were carried in the luggage space of the SR's coaches.[132Toshiba Satellite L645D-S4056 CPU Fan

] Coffins would either be shipped to Brookwood ahead of the funeral party and transported by road to one of the mortuaries at the disused cemetery stations, or travel on the same SR train as the funeral party to Brookwood and be transported from Brookwood station to the burial site or chapel by road. Toshiba Satellite M70-142 CPU Fan

Although the LNC proposed to convert the cemetery branch line into a grand avenue running from Brookwood station through the cemetery, this never took place.[63] The rails and sleepers of the branch were removed in around 1947,[63] and the trackbed became a dirt road and footpath.[ DELL Inspiron E1505 CPU Fan

The run-around loop and stub of the branch line west of Brookwood station remained operational as sidings, before being dismantled on 30 November 1964.[63] After the closure of the branch line the buildings of the two cemetery stations remained open as refreshment kiosks, and were renamed North Bar and South Bar.[58] HP 532613-001 CPU Fan

On the retirement in 1956 of a Mr and Mrs Dendy, who operated North Bar from 1948 to 1956 and lived in the station apartment, North station was abandoned, and demolished in the 1960s owing to dry rot.[135] South Bar continued to operate as a refreshment kiosk.

After 1945 cremation, up to that time an uncommon practice, became increasingly popular in Britain.[122] HP Envy 14-1080eo CPU Fan

In 1946 the LNC obtained consent to build their own crematorium on a section of the Nonconformist cemetery which had been set aside for pauper burials, but chose not to proceed.[107] Instead, in 1945 the LNC began the construction of the Glades of Remembrance, a wooded area dedicated to the burial of cremated remains.[107] ACER TravelMate 5230 CPU Fan

These were dedicated by Henry Campbell, Bishop of Guildford in 1950.[107][note 23] Intentionally designed for informality, traditional gravestones and memorials were prohibited, and burials were marked only by small 2-to-3-inch (5.1 to 7.6 cm) stones.[137]

Although at its founding the LNC had hoped to handle 50,000 burials per year and even Lenovo 3000 G430 CPU Fan

without being granted a monopoly on London burials had planned for 10,000 per year,[42] Brookwood Cemetery was never as popular as hoped. At the time of the railway's closure only 203,041 burials had been conducted,[93] and the rate was steadily falling; on the LNC's 150th anniversary in November 1994, ASUS EEE PC 1215N CPU Fan

a total of 231,730 burials had been conducted.[99] Even with the unusually large individual 9-by-4-foot (2.7 m × 1.2 m) grave sites offered by the LNC for even the cheapest burials, the site had been planned to accommodate 5,000,000 burials, and much of the land was empty.[23][99] Dell Vostro 3750 CPU Fan

Despite the decline in burials from an already low level, rising land values in the post war years meant that the LNC was a valuable and successful company. In the 1940s it bought out a number of other firms of funeral directors, particularly those catering for the expanding and prosperous suburbs of south west London within easy reach of Brookwood by road.[41] Toshiba Satellite L500-018 CPU Fan

The LNC continued to lobby the SR and its 1948 successor British Railways until the 1950s on the matter of cheap fares for visitors to the cemetery, but were unable to come to any agreement.[138] In 1957 the Southern Region of British Railways considered allowing the LNC to sell discounted fares of 7s 6d COMPAQ Presario CQ42-116TU CPU Fan

(compared to the standard rate of 9s 4d) for return tickets for same-day travel from London to Brookwood and back. By this time most visitors to the cemetery were travelling by road. The LNC felt that the relatively minor difference between the fares would not be sufficient to attract visitors back to the railway, and the proposal was abandoned. HP Pavilion dv6-2115eg CPU Fan

Owing to Henry Drummond's concerns in 1852 that the LNC was a front for land speculation, the sale of LNC-owned land for building had been expressly forbidden by the Act of Parliament establishing the LNC, and consequently much of the land not in use for burials remained undeveloped,[139] Toshiba Satellite L645D-S4056 CPU Fan

aside from the land sold in the 1850s and 1860s, and the areas sold by Cyril Tubbs.[84][99]

By the 1950s, with the area around Woking by this time heavily populated, rental income from the LNC's land holdings was an extremely valuable asset,[56] and in May 1955 the Alliance Property Company launched a hostile takeover bid with the aim of using the cemetery's land for property development.[41] HP 646578-001 CPU Fan

The bid failed, but prompted the LNC to secure the passing of theLondon Necropolis Act 1956, allowing the sale of all remaining surplus land.[41] A new company, the Brookwood Estates Realisation Company, was founded to oversee the disposal of the remaining unsold lands as well as the cemetery reserve, SONY VAIO PCG-6L2L CPU Fan

finally formally recognising that Brookwood Cemetery would never expand beyond its original boundaries.[140]

The former South station was near the A322 road making it one of the most easily accessed parts of the cemetery once the railway had closed, and the land surrounding it was now redundant. Toshiba Satellite X205-S9349 CPU Fan

As part of the London Necropolis Act 1956 the LNC obtained Parliamentary consent to convert the disused Anglican chapel of 1854 into a crematorium, using a newer chapel built by Cyril Tubbs in 1908–09 for funeral services and the station building for coffin storage and as a refreshment room for those attending cremations.[41]  DELL yy529 CPU Fan

Suffering cash flow problems and distracted by the hostile takeover bid, the LNC management never proceeded with the scheme.[41]

Repeated takeover bids from various companies were unsuccessfully attempted in 1956 and 1957, until in December 1957 Alliance Property announced that it controlled a majority of the shares of the Brookwood Estates Realisation Company.[56] HP Pavilion dv7-3020es CPU Fan

In January 1959 Alliance Property announced the successful takeover of the London Necropolis Company itself, bringing over a century of independence to an end.

Historically the LNC had invested much of its income from burials and fares, and used the dividends from these investments to pay for cemetery upkeep.[56] HP G62-369TX CPU Fan

Although Alliance Property kept the name "London Necropolis Company" for its funeral business, it was a property developer with no interest in the funeral industry, and saw little reason to spend large amounts maintaining the cemetery, proceeding with the proposed crematorium, or promoting new burials of bodies or cremated remains.[56] HP 13.V1.BJ195.F.GN CPU Fan

The rising popularity of cremation meant the rate of burials was at a historic low, while the Victorian character of the cemetery had fallen out of fashion.[56] The income from burials was insufficient to maintain the cemetery grounds, and the cemetery began to revert to wilderness.[56] Toshiba Satellite L675D-S7016 CPU Fan

Over the course of the 1960s most undertaking work at Brookwood came to an end.[141]

After Alliance Property's land sales, the London Necropolis Company had been reduced to Brookwood Cemetery itself and Frederick W. Paine, a Kingston-upon-Thames firm of funeral directors which had been bought by the LNC in 1947.[41][141] HP Pavilion dv7-1451nr CPU Fan

In 1970 Alliance Property sold the LNC to Cornwall Property (Holdings) Ltd.[56] The following year Cornwall Property sold it on to the Great Southern Group, the owners of Streatham Park Cemetery, South London Crematorium and a chain of funeral directors in central London.[141] HP G62-a57SG CPU Fan

The Great Southern Group dismantled much of what remained of the company. Frederick W. Paine was detached from the LNC, along with the specialist division overseeing the exhumation and relocation of existing burial grounds to allow property development on formerly consecrated sites.[141] SONY Vaio VGN-NR31S/S CPU Fan

All that remained of the LNC was Brookwood Cemetery itself, by this time moribund and becoming heavily overgrown.[56][141] Considered virtually worthless, Great Southern sold the LNC to property speculators Maximilian Investments in July 1973 for £400,000 . IBM 91P9252 CPU Fan

As Alliance Property and the Great Southern Group had between them stripped all assets other than the cemetery itself and development within the cemetery was prohibited, the LNC had little apparent value. However, Maximilian Investments secured passage of the Brookwood Cemetery Act 1975, Toshiba Satellite M70-122 CPU Fan

authorising them to sell land within the operational area of the cemetery.[141]The former Superintendent's office housing the LNC's offices, near the level crossing where the Necropolis Railway had passed between the northern and southern cemeteries,[142] was sold for office development.[143] SONY UDQFWPH22FQU CPU Fan

Following the sale the offices of the LNC, renamed Brookwood Cemetery Ltd at this time, were moved into a small former caretaker's lodge.[144] With little storage space in the new makeshift offices, the majority of the LNC's records were destroyed during the move.[144] HP Pavilion dv6-2150ei CPU Fan

Tracts of land within the cemetery were sold to various religious groups and to wealthy families for use as private burial grounds, and a tract of unused land south of the Glades of Remembrance was sold to Woking Clay Pigeon Club.[143] The masonry works remained operational until the early 1980s, although not under LNC management after the early 1960s, HP G42-367TU CPU Fan

and were then converted into office buildings and named Stonemason's Court.[145]

Although the Act of 1975 had specified that a portion of the profits from land sales be used to maintain the remaining cemetery, little restoration work was done and the cemetery continued to revert to wilderness. Toshiba Satellite P100-238 CPU Fan

With the new owners of the land interested only in redeveloping those parts of the cemetery not currently in use, the cemetery itself sank further into neglect.

The last operators of the refreshment kiosk in the former South station retired in the late 1960s and from then on the station building was used as a cemetery storeroom.[136] ACER Aspire 5739 CPU Fan

Around half the building was destroyed by fire in September 1972.[136]The building was popular with railway and architectural enthusiasts as a distinctive piece of Victorian railway architecture, but despite a lobbying campaign to preserve the surviving sections of the station the remaining buildings (other than the platform itself) IBM ThinkPad T40 2678 CPU Fan

were demolished shortly afterwards.[70][146] By the time of its demolition the "temporary" structure was 118 years old.[70] In 1982 as part of the programme of land sales the station site, the two derelict Anglican chapels and 5 acres (20,000 m2) of land around it were sold to the St. Edward Brotherhood, an order of Russian Orthodox monks.[143] IBM Thinkpad T43 CPU Fan

The Brotherhood set about restoring the chapels for religious use. The original 1854 chapel is used as a visitor's centre and living quarters for the monastery,[147] while the larger Anglican chapel built by Cyril Tubbs in 1908–09 immediately north of the station is now the Russian Orthodox Church of St. IBM ThinkPad T43 2668 CPU Fan

Edward the Martyr, and houses the relics and shrine of Edward the Martyr, king of England from 975–978 AD.[148][note 24] The main monastery has been built on the site of the former station building, while the platform itself remains intact and now marks the boundary of the monastic enclosure.[148] IBM ThinkPad T43 1871 CPU Fan

In March 1985 the company was bought by Ramadan Güney, whose family still owns the cemetery as of 2011. The Guney family embarked on a programme of building links with London's mosques to encourage new burials in the cemetery.[150][note 25] Guney began a slow programme of clearing the overgrown sections of the cemetery and restoring significant ACER Travelmate 8104WLMI CPU Fan

memorials.[150] The Guney family's efforts to attract new custom have been successful, to the extent that some of the lands sold off in the 1970s have now been repurchased by the cemetery.[150] In June 1989 the cemetery was designated a Conservation Area, and was subsequently declared a Site of Special Scientific Interest.[155] DELL Latitude E4300 CPU Fan

In 1992 the Brookwood Cemetery Society was formed to improve awareness of the cemetery; the Society holds open days, guided walks and other events, restores damaged memorials, and maintains and improves the signage within the cemetery.[150]

While it was never as successful as planned, the London Necropolis Company had a significant impact on the funeral industry,ASUS F80S CPU Fan

and the principles established by the LNC influenced the design of many other cemeteries worldwide.[156] The village of Brookwood has grown on the northern (non-cemetery) side of the LSWR railway line, focused on the 1864 railway station which remains heavily used both by commuters and by visitors to the cemetery.[133] HP Pavilion dv5-1058eo CPU Fan

Brookwood Cemetery remains the largest cemetery in the United Kingdom and one of the largest in the world.[157] Although not the world's only dedicated funeral railway line, the London Necropolis Railway was the first, the longest lasting and by far the best known.[59] IBM 13N5182 CPU Fan

While the growth of the part of Surrey around the cemetery was heavily influenced by the LNC, some iron columns in Newnham Terrace SW1 which once supported the Necropolis Railway viaduct and the LNC's surviving office building at 121 Westminster Bridge Road are the only surviving London Necropolis Company structures in London itself. Compaq Presario C556CA CPU Fan,SONY Vaio VGN-NR360E CPU Fan,HP Pavilion dv5170us CPU Fan,SONY Vaio VPC-EE3WFX/WI CPU Fan

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