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People buried in Tower Hamlets Cemetery

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Tower Hamlets Cemetery

Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park is a closed, historic cemetery located in the East End of London. The cemetery opened in 1841 and closed for burials in 1966. It is now a nature reserve, and other land has been added to the park, including "Scrapyard Meadow". It was originally named The City of London and Tower Hamlets Cemetery but was called Bow Cemetery by locals.

Tower Hamlets Cemetery was formally consecrated by the Bishop of London previous to its being opened for the reception of bodies and is one of "The "Magnificent Seven" Cemeteries in London- an informal term applied to seven large cemeteries in London. They were established in the 19th century to alleviate overcrowding in existing parish burial grounds.

The Main Gate is on Southern Grove (on the crossing with Hamlets Way) in the Bow area of London, E3 and is in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. There are also small gates on Hamlet Way and Cantrell Road. The nearest tube station is Mile End.

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People buried in Tower Hamlets Cemetery

Some victims of the Bethnal Green Disaster are buried here.

List of entries at Find a Grave 76 interments

Monument Histories



  • Charlie Brown (?-1920) "Uncrowned King of Limehouse", licensee of the Railway Tavern, West India Dock Road and antique Collector. His funeral attracted over 10 000 mourners.
  • John Buckley (1813-1876) Indian Mutiny Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in Stalybridge, England, he served as a Deputy Assistant Commissary officer of Ordnance in the Commissariat Department, East India Company, British Army.




  • Charles Jamrach (1815-1891) was a leading dealer in wildlife, birds and shells in 19th-century London. He owned an exotic pet store on Ratcliffe Highway in east London — at the time the largest such shop in the world. Supplier to P. T. Barnum and others.


  • Alfred Linnel — Trampled by a police horse during a demonstration in Trafalgar Square. Funeral was organised by Annie Besant and William Morris
  • Dr Rees Ralph Llewellyn (?-1921) Performed autopsy on Mary Ann Nichols, generally considered the first victim of Jack the Ripper.


  • Thomas Mullins (1839-1899) Survivor of the 17th Lancers who rode in the charge of the Light Brigade at Balaclava.


  • Harry Ordell (1858-1914) - National organiser of the Docker's Union 1894-1914, member of the 1889 Dock Strike Committee and one of the founder members of the Independent Labour Party.


  • Hannah Maria Purcell (?-1843) Born Castlake. Widow of William Purcell, carpenter of HMS Bounty. Her obelisk describes her as 'relict of one of the last survivng officers of the Mutiny of the Bounty'.
  • William Purcell (1762-1834) British Naval Officer. Ship's Carpenter on the HMS Bounty.


  • Joseph Westwood (?-1883) Iron shipbuilder and wrought iron manufacturer. His company's football team became West Ham United.
  • John "White Hat" Willis (?-1921) Ship Captain and Merchant. Original owner of the Cutty Sark