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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”

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