The Open Air Cathedral

by Sheldon Out of all the Magnificent Seven cemeteries we’ve visited, there is one that beckons to us time and time again. It’s the Cemetery that started our journey into the Victorian underworld and sparked our interest into the past. A cemetery that has had remarkably mixed fortunes over its existence, from being founded as […]

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The Cemetery of All Saints

by Sheldon And now we move on to the second Magnificent Seven Cemetery to be featured in this blog: Nunhead.  Nunhead was something of a reunion for the Cemetery Club – Christina was busy for a while whizzing around in ambulances, whilst I was busy gardening and drinking a dazzling array of ale.  Our schedules […]

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Paradise By Way of Kensal Green

Kensal Green was the first of the Magnificent Seven to open and set the template on how to open a beautiful, peaceful setting to deal with the ever growing population of dead Londoners. The opening in 1833 was preceded by years of staunch debate and ideas on how to improve burial and general sanitation.  The […]

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Patti Smith Soundbite

by Christina From time to time we’ll post clippings and extracts we’ve found that have nothing to do with our forays into Victorian graveyard life, but that are related to the point and premise of Cemetery Club. What follows is an extract from a recent Simon Hattenstone interview with Patti Smith, published in the Guardian […]

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So It begins: Kensal Green

Myself and Christina had already completed four visits out of the seven cemeteries by the time we came to Kensal Green. It was the one we’d actually intended to visit after our initial trip to Highgate, but for various reasons, it slipped down the list.  However, almost thirteen months after we were due to go, […]

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