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Iconic Statue: The Angel of Grief

A female angel draped over a monument in a moment of overwhelming grief. This seems to be common motif in many a cemetery around the world, yet every version of this statue originates with the statue created by the sculptor William Story for his wife Continue reading “Iconic Statue: The Angel of Grief”

Iconic Statue: The Monteverde Angel

As someone who has visited her fair share of cemeteries, several facts become apparent after a while. The first is that most statues in cemeteries tend to be copies. Within a particular cemetery you may see one or ten or even fifty copies (or near copies) of the same statue. Continue reading “Iconic Statue: The Monteverde Angel”

Site 193: Copenhagen’s Assistens Cemetery

One thing that’s true of the grand cemeteries of Europe is that they often contain the graves of famous artists, writers, musicians, philosophers, politicians, and more. Assistens Cemetery is no different. Although this cemetery first started as a burial Continue reading “Site 193: Copenhagen’s Assistens Cemetery”

Site 192: London’s West Norwood Cemetery

The last time I was in London I only managed to visit 4 of the Magnificent 7 cemeteries –  Abney Park, Brompton, Kensal Green, and Highgate West and East– and vowed that I would visit the other three the next time I was there. However, as I was in the UK Continue reading “Site 192: London’s West Norwood Cemetery”

Site 191: Luss Parish Churchyard

As you drive north from Glasgow into the highlands of Scotland, you might pass what is one of Scotland’s most picturesque village, Luss. The village is located on Loch Lomond and is very popular with tourists. In the middle of town lies the church, surrounded Continue reading “Site 191: Luss Parish Churchyard”

Site 190: Glasgow’s Ramshorn Graveyard

Site 189: Glasgow’s Necropolis

After some lovely weather in Edinburgh, I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised by the grey clouds and drizzle that greeted me on my first day in Glasgow. Luckily it wasn’t windy or raining that hard, which meant a nice easy day of exploring Glasgow’s Continue reading “Site 189: Glasgow’s Necropolis”

Site 188: Edinburgh’s Dean Cemetery

Even though I always had Dean Cemetery on my list of cemeteries to visit in Edinburgh, it always seemed a distant second to other more well-known cemeteries, like Greyfriars Kirkyard. Yet this cemetery turned out to be a hidden treasure and certainly Continue reading “Site 188: Edinburgh’s Dean Cemetery”

Site 187: Edinburgh Castle’s Dog Cemetery

One of the most iconic places to visit in Edinburgh is its castle, which dominates the skyline from almost everywhere you go in the city. The castle itself is interesting to visit in and of its own right – including the prison where many prisoners were kept, Continue reading “Site 187: Edinburgh Castle’s Dog Cemetery”

Site 186: Edinburgh’s St. Cuthbert’s Burial Ground

As I was walking towards Edinburgh Castle, a cemetery at the base of the hill caught my eye and I knew I would have to go there once my visit to the top of the hill was finished. This was of course St Cuthbert’s Burial Ground, a cemetery that has been Continue reading “Site 186: Edinburgh’s St. Cuthbert’s Burial Ground”

Site 186: Edinburgh’s Old Calton Burial Ground

Edinburgh has its fair share of burial grounds, and in somewhat reverse order I visited the Old Calton Burial Ground after visiting the New one. Due to some of the monuments in the cemetery (the Martyrs’ Monument and David Hume’s mausoleum), Continue reading “Site 186: Edinburgh’s Old Calton Burial Ground”

Site 185: Edinburgh’s New Calton Burial Ground

I know that it probably makes more sense to visit the old burial ground before the new one, but it just happened that as I made my way up Calton Hill I ended up at the New Calton Burial Ground first. This cemetery is not far from the Old Calton Burial Ground Continue reading “Site 185: Edinburgh’s New Calton Burial Ground”

Site 184: Edinburgh’s Greyfriars Kirkyard

Greyfriars Kirkyard is probably the most well-known of Edinburgh’s cemeteries, and thus was the first stop of the day for me. It was already full of tourists – both individuals and large groups – by the time I arrived. Like many of the more famous cemeteries Continue reading “Site 184: Edinburgh’s Greyfriars Kirkyard”

Site 183: Birmingham’s Coffinworks Museum

So, you’ve built a coffin or a casket, but what next? Basically all you have is a wooden box. There is no lining, no handles, no decoration. Who do turn to for all this stuff (known as coffin furniture)? Enter the Coffin Works. These were businesses that Continue reading “Site 183: Birmingham’s Coffinworks Museum”

Site 182: Birmingham’s Key Hill Cemetery

The oldest cemetery in Birmingham* was only a block or two away from Warstone Lane Cemetery, and when I arrived I was greeted with a riot of colour. Being spring, all the bluebells were in bloom across the UK, but it was here that I was bombarded with, Continue reading “Site 182: Birmingham’s Key Hill Cemetery”

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