Scan Survey: Nunhead Cemetery Chapel

  • 27-08-23 : 14.00 : Mostly Sunny
  • Leica BLK2GO SLAM Scanner
  • Single scan / 12minutes
  • Rendered with 3DS Max / V-Ray
  • Visit: Friends of Nunhead Cemetery

Nunhead Cemetery, established in 1840, stands as a significant Victorian burial ground in South London – one of the “magnificent seven” of London’s cemeteries. This historical site is characterized by its Gothic-style tombs, sprawling landscape, and diverse collection of monuments.

The Cemetery underwent a period of neglect and closure in the late 20th century due to financial constraints, leading to sporadic maintenance and overgrowth of vegetation. The burial grounds became engulfed by nature as trees, shrubs, and wildflowers obscured the graves and pathways, creating an eerie yet captivating atmosphere. This phase of overgrowth contributed to the cemetery’s unique charm, blending historical significance with a reclaimed natural landscape. In recent years, efforts have been made to restore and maintain the cemetery, preserving its historical allure while balancing its enchanting overgrown appeal.

The chapel in the centre of the cemetery was designed by Thomas Little in a Gothic style, and is a striking centerpiece amidst the serene landscape. Completed in 1842, its design features intricate details, including pointed arches, decorative stonework, and a dramatic spire that adds to its grandeur.

Originally serving as a place for funeral services and gatherings, the chapel fell into disuse and disrepair during periods of neglect. In 1976 after an arson attack the interior and roof were completely destroyed and the catacombs looted.