The Mausolea & Monuments Trust

Pond Mausoleum

A Gothic Revival chapel in the Early English style with Y tracery in the rear window and inscriptions in the arched recesses between the gables at the sides. There are crosses on the gables at either end and at all four corners of the parapet. A tiled path leads up to the door, now blocked with concrete.

Architect

Not known

Listing

Grade II (England and Wales)

Year Built

1881

Style

Gothic Revival

History

Christopher Pond (1826-1881) lived in Melbourne for many years, where he and his partner, Felix Spiers ran the Café de Paris and made other business investments. It was Pond who had the idea of inviting a team of English cricketers to play in Australia, and the first event of this kind took place in 1861-2. The following year Pond and Spiers returned to Britain where they made a fortune by improving the standard of railway catering, starting with the refreshment rooms on main line and underground stations and ending by operating dining cars on the trains themselves.

Condition

Poor (2002)

Sources

Paul Graham: West Norwood Cemetery: The Dickens Connection (1995) 20-21;

Geoffrey Manning: The Listed Structures in West Norwood Cemetery (1989);

H Meller: London Cemeteries: an Illustrated Guide and Gazetteer (1985) 223.

Links

Friends of West Norwood Cemetery website

PDF

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Location

West Norwood Cemetery (Plot 88),
Norwood Road,
London

SE27 9JU


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