CEMETERY IN LONDON
Want to know more about city of London Cemetries? Well, we’ve detailed below a few of the more popular cemeteries that are present all across London. In the city of London, cemeteries are beautiful and designed to perfection. These cemeteries are brilliant and home to many famous people who lived through the years. The city of London cemeteries are fascinating, eerie and poignant to think that thousands of men and women rest beneath the soils of these cemeteries.
- Kensal Green: Among the many city of London crematorium, Kensal happens to be the first cemetery among the seven cemeteries present in the edge of London. The Magnificent seven was originally designed in order to properly accommodate the growing populating in the city. This particular cemetery was established in the year 1832. It has 3 chapels in it as well. You can even find a long range of memorials for people belonging to various other faiths. The chapels and the memorials spread across a 72 acre land. Many renowned personalities have been buried here in this city of London crematorium as well.
- West Norwood: This cemetery is one of the cemeteries belonging to the magnificent seven. The name of the cemetery was taken from the Great North Wood location where it was originally built upon. The city of London cemetery is also popularly known by a more extravagant name i.e. “The Millionaire’s cemetery” not because of millionaires resting there but because of the mausoleums and the toms which are extremely extravagant. There is something quite astonishing in this cemetery and it is an oak tree. Legend has it that the tree is nearly 450 years old. One cannot go to the cemetery for a visit and not see the tree.
- Bunhill Fields: Campo Santos, the name it was once renowned as today is called as the Bunhill Fields from its original translation “Bone hill”. Stories about this city of London cemetery are slightly spookier as it is told that bones were deposited in this cemetery after a charnel house that was nearby closed down. This cemetery was open to anyone back in the day if one could simply afford the increment price. The faith of the person didn’t matter and thus it became popular among the people as the burial ground for the non-conformist. There are about 12000 increments in this cemetery. You can imagine the size of this cemetery from that number alone.
- Abney Park: After the closure of the Bunhill Fields in the year 1854; Abney Park took over the baton and kept the legacy going. This cemetery was one of the first cemeteries to not distinguish burial grounds for people belonging to different faiths. It was the burial ground of choice for all non-conformists as well as the dissenters too. Some of the many renowned people to have been laid to rest in the ground are William and Catherine Booth.
- Brompton Cemetery: The design of this city of London crematorium is inspired from that of St Peter’s Basilica at Rome. The cemetery offers a beautiful display of open air cathedrals along with domed chapels too. The chapels aforementioned are honey coloured and a tree lined avenue that extends on to a great circular courtyard too. Can you guess the number of monuments inside the cemetery? 35000. You read it right. This city of London cemetery is incredibly large and is home of many popular people across the country as well. It is in fact so famous that some of the more famous films have featured in in the big screens as well such Johnny English.
- Highgate Cemetery: This is one of the oldest city of London cemeteries in use today. It was opened in the year 1839. Throughout history, this cemetery has been the home to many a renowned people in the history of the country. It is in fact the most famous cemetery in all of London. Tourists often visit one of the more popular attractions that lay within the cemetery and it is the monument or a bust of Karl Marx. It was crafted by famous architect Lawrence Bradshaw. The author of the world famous “The hitchhiker’s guide to the Galaxy” Douglas Adams is also one of the many notable personalities who lay in the cemetery.
Apart from the aforementioned cemeteries there are a few others to look at such as the woodland cemetery and the east London cemetery too. The cemeteries of London are spectacular to look at. They are surreal and breath-taking to think that these cemeteries, hundreds of years old today rests people known to have changed mankind for ever. The gothic looks of the cemetery in London are what makes it all the more fascinating to look at.