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West Norwood Memorial Park Tomb of Alexander Berens, Lambeth

Description: West Norwood Memorial Park Tomb of Alexander Berens

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 27 March 1981
English Heritage Building ID: 204508

OS Grid Reference: TQ3232072051
OS Grid Coordinates: 532320, 172051
Latitude/Longitude: 51.4320, -0.0979

Location: Lambeth, Greater London SE27 9JZ

Locality: Lambeth
County: Greater London
Country: England
Postcode: SE27 9JZ

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Listing Text

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

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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