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My First Cemetery in London

When I was at Southwark Cathedral, I asked about the closest cemetery (although that was probably beneath our feet), and it turns out that there was one not too far away at 193 Bermondsey St, London SE1 3UW. The only problem was that I was in Borough at the time. Trusting my slowly developing sense of direction I plotted a course towards Tower Bridge Road and Long Lane where it was situated.
The Churchyard is called St Mary Magdalen Bermondsey. and the churchyard was closed for burials in 1854. Bear in mind that it was closed long before the city of Johannesburg was founded!
 
 
There are no surface headstones to be seen, rather there are isolated monuments, many with legible inscriptions. More information on these is available on the website of the Church.

 

Dated 1902, in Gothic Revival style. Given by Col S B Bevington,   first Mayor of Bermondsey, in memory of his father.

Dated 1902, in Gothic Revival style. Given by Col S B Bevington, first Mayor of Bermondsey, in memory of his father.


 
 

And as I was leaving I spotted a fellow photographer busy photographing these, and that splash of colour on a greyish day in the presence of people long gone from this world, made me feel much happier that I had made this small detour during my sojourn. It was also a sign that my first Spring in the UK wasn’t too far off. 

It is well worth ready the entry for Bermondsey at British History Online where St Mary Magdalen is mentioned, and some of the graves are documented.
 
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