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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 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 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”

Site 181: Birmingham’s Warstone Lane Cemetery

With a few days in Birmingham for a conference, I used my free day to go cemetery exploring and the first one I visited was the Warstone Lane Cemetery. This is a lovely cemetery on a small hill in the Jewellery Quarter of the city. Big grey clouds threatened Continue reading “Site 181: Birmingham’s Warstone Lane Cemetery”

Cemetery Roundup 2015-2018

Having just visited my 150th cemetery/memorial site in just over 3 years, I thought it might be interesting to look at the overall numbers of where I’ve been and what I’ve seen. Just sorting through the numbers have given me a few surprises – I didn’t realise Continue reading “Cemetery Roundup 2015-2018”

Site 23: London’s Postman’s Park

While no longer a cemetery, Postman’s Park was always on my list of places to visit while in London, but it was a last minute decision to visit it at the end of a long day. I wanted to go when the light would be right but the Continue reading “Site 23: London’s Postman’s Park”

Site 21: London’s Brompton Cemetery

With only a few days left in my massive cemetery trip, I was suffering from cemetery burn-out. I had hoped to visit all 7 of the Magnificent Seven cemeteries, but with a sore foot and rainy weather (plus cemetery fatigue) I knew that it probably Continue reading “Site 21: London’s Brompton Cemetery”

Site 20: London’s Abney Park Cemetery

When asked about their favourite London cemeteries, many people will either mention Kensal Green or Abney Park. Having already been to the former I was eager to see what Abney Park was like. This cemetery, from the outside, looks like many Continue reading “Site 20: London’s Abney Park Cemetery”

Site 19: London’s Highgate East Cemetery

I know, I know. Highgate Cemetery is one cemetery separated by a road, and entrance/tour fees. However, as they are treated separately – one is by guided tour, one is open to explore – I want to consider them separately as well. I also find that when people speak Continue reading “Site 19: London’s Highgate East Cemetery”

Site 18: London’s Highgate West Cemetery

Eight years ago I was in London for an interview with the Government of Canada, and I was really excited that I would finally be able to go to Highgate Cemetery, which had been on my wish list for some time. Unfortunately, for reasons I won’t get into here, Continue reading “Site 18: London’s Highgate West Cemetery”

Site 17: London’s Kensal Green Cemetery

After arriving in London on the Eurostar I met up with some fellow photographers and we headed over to Kensal Green Cemetery, the first of the “Magnificent Seven” cemeteries to be created in London to help deal with the massive overcrowding Continue reading “Site 17: London’s Kensal Green Cemetery”

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