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West Norwood Memorial Park Tomb of Alexander Berens

A Grade II* Listed Building in Lambeth, Lambeth

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Latitude: 51.432 / 51°25'55"N

Longitude: -0.0979 / 0°5'52"W

OS Eastings: 532320

OS Northings: 172051

OS Grid: TQ323720

Mapcode National: GBR GS.HZD

Mapcode Global: VHGRD.883K

Plus Code: 9C3XCWJ2+RR

Entry Name: West Norwood Memorial Park Tomb of Alexander Berens

Listing Date: 27 March 1981

Last Amended: 21 April 1993

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1065022

English Heritage Legacy ID: 204508

Location: Lambeth, London, SE27

County: Lambeth

Electoral Ward/Division: Gipsy Hill

Built-Up Area: Lambeth

Traditional County: Surrey

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London

Church of England Parish: West Norwood St Luke

Church of England Diocese: Southwark

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In the entry for:

1. (east side)

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

the entry shall be amended to read as follows:

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


1. (east side)
Tomb of Alexander Berens in
West Norwood Memorial
TQ 3272 32/717


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

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