History in Structure

This site is entirely user-supported. See how you can help.

Tomb of Michael Emmanuel Rodocanachi and Family in West Norwood Memorial Park South-West of Gate to Greek Burial Ground

A Grade II Listed Building in Gipsy Hill, London

Approximate Location Map
Large Map »
Street View
Contributor Photos »

Street View is the best available vantage point looking, if possible, towards the location of the building. In some locations, Street View may not give a view of the actual building, or may not be available at all. Where it is not available, the satellite view is shown instead.

Coordinates

Latitude: 51.4339 / 51°26'2"N

Longitude: -0.0963 / 0°5'46"W

OS Eastings: 532427

OS Northings: 172266

OS Grid: TQ324722

Mapcode National: GBR GS.JD5

Mapcode Global: VHGRD.87Y2

Entry Name: Tomb of Michael Emmanuel Rodocanachi and Family in West Norwood Memorial Park South-West of Gate to Greek Burial Ground

Listing Date: 27 March 1981

Last Amended: 10 January 2011

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1064992

English Heritage Legacy ID: 204535

Location: Lambeth, London, SE21

County: London

District: 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

Find accommodation in
Norwood

Listing Text


963/32/1115 NORWOOD ROAD
27-MAR-81 (East side)
TOMB OF MICHAEL EMMANUEL RODOCANACHI A
ND FAMILY IN WEST NORWOOD MEMORIAL PAR
K SOUTH-WEST OF GATE TO GREEK BURIAL G
ROUND

(Formerly listed as:
NORWOOD ROAD SE27
WEST NORWOOD MEMORIAL PARK PP RODOCANA
CHI AND FAMILY TOMB SOUTH WEST OF GATE
TO GREEK BURIAL GROUND)
(Formerly listed as:
NORWOOD ROAD SE27
RODOCANACHI TOMB SOUTH WEST OF GATE TO
GREEK BURIAL GROUND IN WEST NORWOOD M
EMORIAL PARK)

GV II
Chest tomb, c1901

MATERIALS: White marble on pink granite plinth

DESCRIPTION: Marble sarcophagus with moulded base, flat corner pilasters, acanthus-leaf cornice and coped top with carved pediments and honeysuckle corner acroteria. Inscriptions in Greek and English commemorating various members of the Rodocanachi family; Michael's name is on the east end and Emmanuel's on the south side.

HISTORY: The West Norwood or South Metropolitan Cemetery opened in 1837, the second of the 'magnificent seven' burial grounds established on the outskirts of London in the 1830s and 1840s to relieve pressure on overcrowded urban churchyards. The buildings and landscaping were designed by the architect William Tite, who was also chairman of the board of the cemetery company. In 1842 a small area in the north-east corner of the cemetery was acquired for the use of London's Greek Orthodox community; this area was extended, and an Orthodox chapel added, in 1872. A large number of impressive mausolea were built by wealthy Anglo-Greek families, and the enclosure now contains the largest concentration of listed monuments in the cemetery.

Michael Emmanuel Rodocanachi (1821-1901) was born on the island of Chios, into an internationally important family of Greek merchants. Forced to flee after the Turkish massacres of 1822, his parents eventually moved to London, where Michael - along with his younger cousin Peter Pandia Rodocanachi - took charge of the British branch of the family trading network. He was markedly successful in business, profiting from the trade liberalisation that followed the repeal of the Corn Laws in 1846 and diversifying into property development and finance; in 1862 he co-founded the Imperial Bank, later to become part of the Midland Bank. He was a prominent figure in the Greek Orthodox community in London, one of the group who oversaw the building of St Sophia's cathedral in Bayswater. His eldest son, Emmanuel Michael Rodocanachi (1855-1932) succeeded his father at the head of the family business, and was also a director of the Midland Bank and the Bank of Athens.

SOURCES: 'Norwood: Cemetery, schools and domestic and other buildings', Survey of London: volume 26: Lambeth: Southern area (1956), 180-187
Stuart Thompstone, entry on Michael Emmanuel Rodocanachi in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (2004).

REASONS FOR DESIGNATION: The tomb of Michael Emmanuel Rodocanachi is designated at Grade II for the following principal reasons:
* Architectural: an impressive late-Victorian marble tomb in a Neoclassical style
* Historical: commemorates a leading Anglo-Greek merchant and banker of the period
* Group value: with the other listed tombs in the Greek enclosure.

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

Other nearby listed buildings

BritishListedBuildings.co.uk is an independent online resource and is not associated with any government department. All government data published here is used under licence. Please do not contact BritishListedBuildings.co.uk for any queries related to any individual listed building, planning permission related to listed buildings or the listing process itself.

British Listed Buildings is a Good Stuff website.