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Manor Park Cemetery and Crematorium
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Manor Park Cemetery and Crematorium  
Manor Park Cemetery was opened in 1874 by the Manor Park Cemetery Company on the eastern part of what had been Hamfrith Farm, previously owned by John Gurney which had been purchased in 1872. From medieval times East and West Ham was intensively farmed so that by the late 13th century most of the woodland in the area had disappeared, apart from Hamfrith Wood which was not cut down until 1700.

The Cemetery today has two areas of woodland, the largest in its north-east corner, and many woodland birds are found here. The original chapel, built in 1877, was largely destroyed by bombing in 1944 apart from its spire which still remains, and was rebuilt in brick with a crematorium added to its east end in 1955.

Among those buried here are two holders of the Victoria Cross: John Cornwell (1900-1916), the second youngest holder of the medal, posthumously awarded for gallantry at the Battle of Jutland in 1916, and also Sidney Godley (d.1957) one of the first five soldiers to be awarded it in 1914. Also buried here is Mary Orchard (1830-1906), whose monument was erected 'in grateful memory' by the four children of Queen Victoria's second daughter Princess Alice. For forty years she had looked after the Princess's children, the youngest of whom, Alexandra (Alix), became Empress of Russia on her marriage to Nicholas II. The cemetery also has a war memorial, crematorium remembrance area, together with an extensive Garden of Remembrance.

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