The Mausolea & Monuments Trust

Stearns Mausoleum

A small terracotta mausoleum built in the Romanesque style with crow-stepped gables and a ridged roof. What gives the building its charm, however, is the quality of the decorative detail; the arcaded parapets, moulded gargoyles, and intricate patterns round the arched openings of the windows and doorway and the capitals and shafts of the colonettes. This is the third mausoleum designed by the architectural firm of George and Peto (the other two, the Doulton and Tate mausolea are in West Norwood Cemetery) using moulded decorative detail made by the firm of Doulton in Lambeth. The interior was not completed to the original design, the glazed tiles being added by a builder some 20 years later. The coffin shelves to either side of the building may be seen through the wrought iron gates.


George and Peto


Grade II (England and Wales)

Year Built



This mausoleum was built for Mrs Laura Stearns of Twickenham (d.1900). In 1931 she was reburied somewhere else in the cemetery so the building is now empty.


Good, recently restored (2002).


Friends of Nunhead Cemetery: Nunhead Cemetery: An Illustrated Guide (1988) 35;

Chris Brooks: Mortal Remains (1989) 158-159;

James Stevens Curl, ‘Nunhead Cemetery, London’ Ancient Monuments Society, Trans. (c 1981) fig. 30;

H Meller, London Cemeteries (1985) 28, 226, 228;

L Pearson, Mausoleums (2002) 24; Information from RK Conservation and Design.


Friends of Nunhead Cemetery website


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Nunhead Cemetery,
Linden Grove,

SE15 3LF

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