My first impression as I looked over the wall was of an overgrown cemetery very similar to Nunhead in London but I did not go into it until I was on my way back from Hollybrook. I entered through the gate in Hill Street which comes out roughly half way. And then I saw that inside it was a different ball game altogether. The 2 chapels and lodge are beautiful buildings, and the area surrounding them has some magnificent headstones around them.
Southampton Old Cemetery is the local equivalent of Highgate, and it does a remarkably good job of it too. I have returned to it at least 3 times since I came to Southampton, and it keeps on springing new surprises on me, and I will hopefully return there again because I still have graves to find, and time marches on.