The cemetery was established in 1852, as the population of London grew and space was running out, to bury the dead. For a while it was the largest in the world, even today it is the largest in the U.K and has Grade 1 listed status. A dedicated railway station - The London Necropolis Railway Station just outside Waterloo - took passengers and coffins to one of two stations at Brookwood. North for non-conformists and south for Anglicans. As you can imagine all sorts of ideas were discussed over a glass or two about this service. You know the sort of thing - ran by a skeleton staff…
Anyway, to continue. Designed purely for burial the London Necropolis company allowed anyone to be buried and set aside various areas of the site for different denominations, guilds and societies. One of the few sites to allow burials on a Sunday, it became the last resting place for many in the theatrical profession, as it was their only day off. If you take a look at the map you can see the different areas marked, from the Royal Hospital Chelsea, various military sites, a columbarium and even a designated space for members of The Oddfellows.
We only saw a small area but it was one of those places which left you asking questions and we all spent happy half hour researching on our return. One example was raised at the Orthodox Christian site. There is a fairly recent Orthodox monastery, St.Edward the Martyr Orthodox Brotherhood, established in 1982, with a burial site. All of the graves had the orthodox cross
It is really worth a special trip, with over 400 acres, much of it woodland. Sadly photography needs special permission so my camera remained in my pocket ;-) but there are a lot of images on the web.