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This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.


List entry Number: 1065022



The building may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County District District Type Parish
Greater London AuthorityLambethLondon Borough

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: II*

Date first listed: 27-Mar-1981

Date of most recent amendment: 21-Apr-1993

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 204508

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In the entry for:

(off) NORWOOD ROAD SE27 1. (east side) 5023

TQ 3272 32/717 Tomb of Alexander Berens in West Norwood Memorial Park II*

the entry shall be amended to read as follows:

TQ3272 (OFF) NORWOOD ROAD 963-0/32/717 (East side) 27/03/81 West Norwood Memorial Park Tomb of Alexander Berens


Chest tomb on tall plinth above a vault. c1858 by E.M. Barry; sculptures by Thomas Earp. Pink granite plinth, marble superstructure and Portland stone sculpture. Medieval Italian style. Rectangular stone base on which the battered pink marble plinth with a top frieze of Minton tiles carrying the letter B for Berens and a bear, in punning reference to his name; doorway on western elevation now bricked up but originally with bronze doors manufactured by Potter who also made surrounding cast iron railings, now gone. Free-standing, paired barley sugar columns surround the chest and support a foliated cornice; above each pair, a sculptured kneeling angel holding a shield. At the angles the cornice rises up to form pointed arch aedicules for figures of the 4 evangelists. Between the columns, panels carved in deep relief showing scenes from the life of Christ; eastern panel an open-work cross within a roundel. A further frieze of Minton tiles, including a Latin inscription, under the eaves cornice with antefixae. Hipped marble roof. All in a state of considerable decay. Berens was a linen draper of St. Paul's Churchyard who made a fortune in the "fancy trade; the tomb was said to have cost £1,500 and was illustrated in the Builder of November 1858.


(off) NORWOOD ROAD SE27 1. (east side) 5023 Tomb of Alexander Berens in West Norwood Memorial Park TQ 3272 32/717


2. d. 1858; by E M Barry. On high, red granite plinth, a marble sarcophagus in mediaeval Italian style with high relief panels divided by paired spiral twist columns; above these, seated angels rise before a pitched lower roof to the eaves of a raised hipped roof of marble slabs; large figures of Evangelists in niches at the four corners.

Listing NGR: TQ3232072051

Selected Sources

Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in England, Part 17 Greater London

National Grid Reference: TQ 32320 72051


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