Find your ancestors in Middlesex, Brompton Cemetery Records

Search through thousands of records from one of London’s oldest cemeteries. The records may reveal your ancestor’s age at the time of death, residence, and burial date. Among the thousands of names, you will find suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst, Native American Chief Long Wolf, and Chelsea Football Club’s founder Henry Augustus Mears. The Brompton Cemetery records have been digitised from the registers held by The National Archives.

With each record, you will find a transcript and an image of the original cemetery record. In many cases, you will find more than one result for your ancestor – a burial register and a grave purchase record. The transcript may provide a combination of the following facts:

  • Name
  • Birth year
  • Death year
  • Burial year
  • Burial date
  • Year
  • Age – age recorded at the time of death
  • Residence
  • Place
  • County and country
  • Print number
  • Burial register number
  • Document type
  • Piece description
  • Records year range
  • Archive reference
  • Archive


We recommend that you view the image attached to each transcript. Images may reveal additional details such as the cost of the grave, the owner of the gravesite, who paid for the burial, whether a private or common grave, and your ancestor’s occupation.

Use the arrow to the right of the grave purchase image to view the full document.

Discover more about these records

The Brompton Cemetery records are held at The National Archives in series WORK 97, The National Archives Office of Works and successors: Royal Parks and Pleasure Gardens: Brompton Cemetery Records.

Brompton Cemetery was first opened in June 1840 and designed by Benjamin Baud. The records show on 17 June 1840, Emma Shaw, age 23, was the first person to be buried in the cemetery. Brompton Cemetery was opened by the West London and Westminster Cemetery Company in response to the shortage of burial spaces in London. It is one of the seven large cemeteries surrounding the capital city, known as the magnificent seven cemeteries, established by private companies. The cemetery is located on the western border of Chelsea and Kensington.

Brompton Cemetery is a working cemetery. There are about 205,000 people buried on the grounds including political activists, inventors, actors, sports champions, Chelsea pensioners, and more.