Visiting Brompton Cemetery

Brompton Cemetery is one of the “Magnificent Seven” in London, and like each of them it is an experience to visit and there are always things to see if you know where to look. Unfortunately as this is somewhat of a retrospective post I have to rely on some of my images to date this visit and it appears to have happened on 25 March 2013.  There are two entrances to the cemetery and I used one on Fulham Road ( 51.482927°,  -0.186252°). It was a cold and dreary day and my hands were decided chilled as I took my photographs. This was not photography weather!

The cemetery is laid out in straight lines which technically makes things easier, you can see quite far around yourself which is a bonus if you are looking for CWGC graves. There 371 identified casualties in the cemetery, and 12 Victoria Cross recipients. 

Thomas Hancock VC

There are eight Victoria Cross related burials in the cemetery and I did have them in mind during my visit but other than that I did not have any specific goal in mind on the visit, it was really about trying to make sense of the lives of the people were buried all around me.  A big drawcard for me was the chapel and colonnades that formed the roof of the crypt. 


The structures are in a very good condition, and if my supposition is correct that crypt beneath must be as large as the colonnades above. Entrance to the crypt was not on the cards, but the very ornate gates were sufficiently gapped to see what lay behind. Unfortunately at the time I did not check all the doors to see what was behind them. I did however see this bell which may belong to the cupola that you can see in the image above. The angel? who knows. unfortunately for every answer there are a hundred questions that need asking.

Continuing on my expedition I realised that my old bugbear was nagging at me again and I need a loo and very quickly. I headed towards the opposite gate and exited the cemetery,

coming out in Old Brompton Road (Google Earth  51.487944°, -0.193949°). This is close to the famous Earls Court Exhibition Centre.

I struggled to find a loo but fortunately there was an open pub so I was saved! Then it was back to the photography. 

There was one named grave that I wanted to find: 

The grave of Samuel Cunard

Samuel Cunard left us the legacy of the famous Cunard shipping Line and its fleet of famous ships. I had to tip my hat at that grave.

Random Images

The one thing that I recall from this visit was that I did not really “enjoy” this cemetery as much as I have others. It is difficult to explain and I suspect the grey weather did play a major part in it. I would rectify the situation on the 6th of April though, and as such shall more or less continue my walk around Brompton on that page, or you can just enjoy some more random images. Either way, Brompton has some beautiful memorials and angels and is a really nice way to spend a morning. 

More random images.

The final image count for Brompton? roughly 280 images. It was a quiet day. 

You can head across to my second visit by using the little arrow below.


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