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East London Cemetery
All Saints' Churchyard 16k
East London Cemetery  
The East London Cemetery Company was founded in 1871 and the cemetery was laid on flat ground by the Northern Outfall Sewer Embankment, now The Greenway. The original main entrance consists of stone piers and elaborate cast iron double gates, with pedestrian entrance gates on either side; inside is a picturesque gothic lodge, used as the office. In the centre of the cemetery is a pair of gothic buildings both originally chapels, one Non-Conformist and the other Church of England, the former now serving as a crematorium. A small room for a Book of Remembrance has been created in one corner of the Chapel.

The cemetery has a large number of historic tombs, set among mature trees and grass, with paths laid out symmetrically. Among the graves is a memorial to the 550 victims of the paddleboat 'Princess Alice' which sank in 1878 in the Thames near Beckton. The worst civilian disaster in British history, it is likely that the scale of the disaster was exacerbated by the river's pollution by sewage which at that time was discharged untreated from the Northern Outfall Sewage works at Beckton. After 1887 sewage was treated chemically and only the effluent was allowed to run into the river, with special ships removing the sludge far out to sea. Another memorial, marked by a ship's anchor, commemorates those who were killed during the launching of HMS Albion in 1898 when the staging collapsed. A further disaster, the Silvertown Explosion of 1917, is commemorated in the grave of Andrea Angel, chemist at the Brunner Mond chemical works whose TNT plant exploded damaging up to 70,000 properties in the area, killing 73 people and causing c.450 casualties, in all 2.5million worth of damage. The war memorial on North Woolwich Road also commemorates those who died in the Silvertown explosion. There are a number of graves to Chinese and Japanese people in the cemetery, including a memorial erected in 1927 to all Chinese who had died in England.

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