London has seven Victorian Garden Cemeteries (Highgate, Abney Park, Nunhead, Tower Hamlets, Brompton, Kensal Green and West Norwood), these are known as “the Magnificent Seven”. When I arrived in London in 2013 I was determined to see as many of these as I could, although Highgate was the first priority. During my visit to Highgate East I bought a very handy book called “London’s Cemeteries” by Darren Beach, published by Metro publications; and it became part of my photography gear while I was in London. It’s a very useful book, and in my case, a very well thumbed one too.
The blogposts that I made for each visit do not live on this blog, but on my Musings while allatsea. I had hoped to somehow merge all of those into this blog eventually, but the limitations between WordPress and Blogger preclude me from doing that, so each image below links to the relevant blogpost. I have been to all of these seven cemeteries that make up this glorious memorial to the dead, and each is very different, although there are similarities between them. Irrespective though, they are amazing places to visit, and as for a favourite? I expect Highgate, and definitely West Norwood, although Kensal Green and Nunhead were amazing. I would love to revisit Kensal Green though (I did that in June 2016), the weather really ruined my first trip, and I had to abort my visit to the cemetery because of snow.
As magnificent as these cemeteries are, they are not the only ones that shine out, I have been fortunate enough to visit Arnos Vale in Bristol, as well as Southampton Old Cemetery which are garden cemeteries in their own right.
© DRW 2013-2018. Added to Blog 07/09/2014, updated 21/01/2015. Added link to Brompton first visit at Musings 02/02/02