London Road Cemetery:
Paxton's Arboretum

Overview

Designed by famous architect Joseph Paxton, London Road Cemetery is an early example of the 19th century ‘garden cemetery’ movement, developed not only as a burial site but also as place of natural beauty for the people of Coventry to enjoy.

Appointed in 1845, Paxton incorporated the hilly layout of the former quarry the site sits on into his design, and brought in a range of exotic trees from abroad. He also commissioned two chapels: a Nonconformist chapel designed to look like a classical temple and an Anglican Chapel in a Norman style.

Those buried in the cemetery include most of the city’s Victorian pioneers of transport, especially in the emerging bicycle and car industries. There are also many impressive monuments, including one at the main entrance dedicated to Joseph Paxton himself, designed by Joseph Goddard.

Thanks to National Lottery players, Historic Coventry Trust and Coventry City Council have completed a restoration project in the cemetery funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the National Lottery Community Fund. The Anglican Chapel, the raised promenade and the old cemetery entrance have all been restored and new interpretation has been installed to tell the stories of site’s residents and natural heritage.

Initial repair works have now begun at the Nonconformist chapel (funded by Historic England), in-advance of works to find a new use for the building.

What's on at London Road Cemetery

Tubular Bells + Dark Side of the Moon
Fri 26 July

Tubular Bells + Dark Side of the Moon

London Road Cemetery: Paxton’s Arboretum, Fri 26 July | 7pm - 9.30pm

Two all-time classics of British rock music, Mike Oldfield’s “TUBULAR BELLS” and Pink Floyd’s “DARK SIDE OF THE MOON” just celebrated their 50th anniversary.

Now music technology expert Mark Jenkins performs striking new all-synthesizer arrangements of both albums, accompanied by state of the art computer graphic and AI projections and wonderful vocal performances, in the spectacular setting of London Road Cemetery’s Anglican Chapel.

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Thinking space – London Road Cemetery
Fri 26 July - Fri 30 August 2024

Thinking space – London Road Cemetery

London Road Cemetery: Paxton’s Arboretum, Fri 26 July - Fri 30 August 2024 | 2pm – 4pm

On Friday afternoons during the summer  we will be running activities inspired by the inventiveness and creativity of the designer of London Road Cemetery, Joseph Paxton, who also created the gardens at Chatsworth House, the great glasshouse at Crystal Palace and popularised the Cavendish banana! 

In our eclectic programme of activities we promise you challenges, stories, surprises and stuff to make. 

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Kraftwerk – a tribute
Sat 21 September

Kraftwerk – a tribute

London Road Cemetery: Paxton’s Arboretum, Sat 21 September | 7pm - 9.30pm

KRAFTWERK INVENTED TECHNO-POP – 

And by extension, all of modern dance music.

Now for the 50th anniversary of the band’s international breakthrough album “Autobahn”, music technology expert MARK JENKINS (“Tubular Bells for the Moog Synthesizer”, ”Dark Side of the Moon for the Moog Synthesizer”) presents a striking live solo performance of the band’s hits, experimental music they never play, and music they might have played in some alternate future reality ruled by computer graphics, vocoder vocals and artificial intelligence imagery…

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Dead Good Death Café
Sat 5 Oct

Dead Good Death Café

Anglican Chapel, London Road Cemetery: Paxton's Arboretum, Sat 5 Oct | 10am - 12pm

Come to a safe space where people talk about anything and everything to do with death. By talking openly about death, it helps to remove some of the fear factor, but also help up to open our eyes about choices, different cultural ways of dealing with death, but then ultimately to enhance life.

Everyone welcome regardless of age, religion, non religion, gender or background.

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Tree trail

Explore the cemetery’s natural heritage

Tree trail

Meet the residents

Discover the stories of the cemetery

Meet the residents trail

Find us

Sat Nav Destination: CV1 2JT

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Parking

Visitors arriving by car should park in the Charterhouse car park and enter the cemetery through the carriageway entrance.

Funders

Made possible with Heritage Fund Community Fund Coventry City Council

Venue hire

The Anglican Chapel in London Road Cemetery is available for private and corporate hire. The space can be booked for daytime and/or evening events.

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