Monuments Of Kensal Green

The General Cemetery of All Souls, Kensal Green, boasts one of the finest collection of funerary monuments in the world, with 153 Grade II* or Grade II Listed in the national register of buildings of special architectural or historic interest. A great many more also mark the graves of notable personalities, or appeal as sculpture in their own right. The Friends of Kensal Green Cemetery are regularly involved in the restoration and conservation of monuments throughout the cemetery.

Motifs & Symbols

Downturned torches or flambeaux

Symbol of life being extinguished.


Symbol variously of community, teamwork, industry, perseverance and selflessness; also of purity and chastity, and ultimately (on account of the hive’s annual hibernation) of rebirth and resurrection.


A symbol of the soul flying free of the body; the dove, superficially, also represents both peace and the Holy Spirit.

Veiled Urn

An allusion to the veneration of cremated remains in ancient Rome.

Broken Column

Symbol of a life cut short, or the loss of the head of the family.

Clasped Hands

Symbol of fidelity, loyalty and affection unto death and beyond;this and many other symbols commonly found on funeral monuments also has strong Masonic associations.


(Christogram, a monogram or abbreviation for the name of Jesus, in Greek characters) and grapes, both ancient Christian symbols.

Events At Kensal Green

There are a number of events that take place throughout the year that are open to the public and prove popular with historians, tourists and locals. Here you'll find a complete list of forthcoming events, activities, open days and lectures taking place at Kensal Green Cemetery.

Contact Us

If you would like to know more about Kensal Green Cemetery, we can be contacted at the following address:

The Friends of Kensal Green Cemetery
c/o The General Cemetery Company
Harrow Road
London, W10 4RA

Messages & enquiries: 07530 676151 (mobile)

Email: [email protected]

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