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Hugenot Cemetery

East Hill
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An historic burial ground near to the centre of Wandsworth, now a public garden with railings along East Hill boundary and walled with spikes above to Huguenot Place.

It was opened in c.1687 as a burial ground for the French Church which stood opposite Wandsworth parish church of All Saints. The burial ground was used by the Huguenot refugees who settled in Wandsworth during the C16th and C17th, fleeing France after the Edict of Nantes in 1685.
The burial ground later became know as Mount Nod; it was enlarged in 1700 and again in 1735. It was closed in 1854 and later reopened as a public garden, and is mainly grass with trees and shrubs around the periphery.

It contains a number of historic tombs dating from c.1687 including those of Peter Paggen (d.1720) of Wandsworth Manor House; John Gilham (d.1728) and in 1911 a memorial was erected to the memory of the Wandsworth Huguenots who had found in Wandsworth freedom to worship God after their own manner. They established important industries and added to the credit and prosperity of the town of their adoption.

At the south end of the burial ground is the former Board of Works offices, built 1888 by J Newton Dunn, now The Book House. At the east end a footpath separates the burial ground from St Mary Magdalen Roman Catholic Church.



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