Top 9 Cemeteries to Visit in London

cementeryVictorian Londoners kept running into a fairly genuine space emergency – they came up short on space to cover their dead. So they charged seven thousand new burial grounds for the city, now nicknamed the Magnificent Seven. Every gloats peace and calm, lovely engineering and captivating history, and they’ve now enlivened a fresh out of the plastic new choral work which will debut this Saturday night in Abney Park Cemetery in Stoke Newington.

Not only for goths and gravediggers, London’s burial grounds give both key connections to its past and vital open spaces for untamed life. Tombs and mausoleums might be dreadful to a few, yet to walk around a few of these burial grounds is to see striking complexities in engineering and supposition. Furthermore, every stone recounts a story.


It hardly took me 18 minutes from my stay at the Park grand Paddington hotel to reach the quite Brompton Cemetery, the last resting spot of the originator of the Women’s Social and Political Union, Emmeline Pankhurst. Brompton is one of the ‘Eminent Seven’, notable graveyards set up on the edges of London amid the mid nineteenth century to react to the requests of quickened populace development and a cholera plague. Brompton was an improbable wellspring of motivation for youngsters’ author and artist Beatrix Potter, who sourced her character’s names from its headstones.


Karl Marx is broadly covered at Highgate and his grave is one of London’s generally gone to. As its name proposes, Highgate offers clearing sees over London. The burial ground was so prevalent with Victorians that an additional 20 sections of land were purchased in 1856, making the East graveyard where Highgate’s most well known inhabitant, logician Karl Marx, lies. Westminster Abbey might have given the considerable writer George Eliot a plaque in Poet’s Corner, yet her remaining parts are in Highgate. The West Cemetery is open for visit aggregates and incorporates the Terrace Catacombs, the Egyptian Avenue and the Circle of Lebanon, an antiquated cedar tree at its inside.

West Norwood

As though Tate Britain and Tate Modern weren’t adequate commemorations, sugar shipper and altruist Sir Henry Tate likewise has an earthenware tomb in West Norwood Cemetery. Claimed by Lambeth Council, who unlawfully uprooted numerous commemoration stones after they procured the site in the 1960s, the burial ground contains 19 recorded sepulchers and landmarks, a Greek Orthodox necropolis and numerous fine samples of Gothic Revival design. To death-fixated Victorians, West Norwood was somewhat a stylish spot to be covered. A plain gravestone denote the grave of gigantically powerful Victorian cookery author Mrs Beeton.


Crossbones was a dumping ground for a large number of poor people and whores, purportedly since the late medieval period. Lethargic for well over a century, laborers burrowing for the Jubilee line expansion in the 1990s were in for a significant shock when they found many skulls and bones underneath the old burial ground. Companions of Crossbones started a month to month vigil, which in the long run secured the fate of the site as a remembrance patio nursery to those denied an appropriate internment because of destitution. Reclamation proceeds on the greenery enclosure, and BOST are as yet tolerating gifts to help with this work, bringing issues to light and future occasions.

Kensal Green

Kensal Green from Park grand Paddington hotel via Harrow Rd somewhat around 15 minutes ride, outlined with tree-lined boulevards and chafed ways sufficiently wide for carriages to pass. Kensal Green Cemetery has been possessed and overseen by the same association – the General Cemetery Company – since it opened. Circumscribed by a channel on its south side, it is home to 33 types of natural life and numerous prominent dead bodies, among them Alice in Wonderland artist Sir John Tenniel, riddle essayist Wilkie Collins, Vanity Fair writer William Makepeace Thackeray and productive Victorian author Anthony Trollope. Try not to go searching for Chesterton however – he’s covered in Buckinghamshire. It now covers 72 sections of land in Kensington and Chelsea and is a dynamic graveyard today.

Abney Park Cemetery

The Egyptian Revival-style passageway with hieroglyphics is one of the most punctual illustrations of the style in a burial ground on the planet. Another component that checks Abney Park out among the Seven is its scene, composed by George Loddiges who masterminded fascinating plants around the border of the patio nursery in sequential order request, planning to instruct guests. The recreation center is currently keep running as a nature store and dedication park with a little stone cutting workshop that gives classes.

Bunhill Fields

Bunhill Fields, once portrayed as the ‘campo santo of the nonconformists’, gets its name from ‘Bone Hill’. Legend has it that the fields were utilized as a keeping place for human bones after the conclusion of a close-by charnel house a couple of years before the burial ground was set up in 1665. Bunhill Fields was remarkable in its time as, not at all like Anglican Parish churchyards, it acknowledged any individual who could bear the cost of the interment expenses paying little mind to confidence, and it thus picked up notoriety as a cemetery for dissidents. The burial ground likewise contains a Quaker memorial park with an expected 12,000 additions. Well known individuals covered here incorporate Daniel Defoe, creator of the world’s first novel Robinson Crusoe, and writer William Blake.

Nunhead Cemetery

The slightest acclaimed of the Magnificent Seven, Nunhead Cemetery is apparently the most alluring and 11 minutes away from park grand Paddington hotel via south-eastern Victoria underground station. Initially named the All Saints Cemetery, Nunhead has an assortment of mausolea, going from sumptuous landmarks to the rich and well known to less complex tombstones for the less princely. A significant part of the memorial park is congested and in a poor condition of repair, however it is a shelter for natural life. It is likewise a nature hold and a site of Metropolitan Importance for Wildlife. The prospering greenery and vines inching over the weathered headstones, a large portion of which rundown to the other side, give Nunhead a feeling of age and ferocity not found in London’s better-restored burial grounds.

Sephardi Velho and Nuevo Jewish Cemetery

Encased in antiquated looking block dividers and watching exceptionally strange among its advanced surroundings, the Sephardi Velho Cemetery is genuinely a concealed diamond. It was set up by a group of Spanish and Portuguese Jews escaping religious mistreatment, in the long run settling in Mile End and making a group known as Sha’ar Hasamayim, ‘the Gate of Heaven’. Set up in 1657, Sephardi Velho was the principal Jewish burial ground opened with Oliver Cromwell’s endorsement. It was shut in 1737 and entombment’s proceeded in the adjacent Sephardi Nuevo Jewish Cemetery. Eminent in both are the level gravestones of the Sephardi convention, symbolizing that all individuals are equivalent in death.

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