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14 March 2012

Explore West Norwood Cemetery

Sprawling across forty acres of South London, West Norwood Cemetery was opened in 1837 as one of the 'Magnificent Seven' metropolitan cemeteries founded to deal with the huge growth of London during the period.

The cemetery is an amazing place to visit, with more than sixty Grade II and II* listed monuments inside, and memorials to many London greats, including underground engineer James Henry Greathead, Sir Henry Tate - the sugar magnate whose collection of art began the Tate galleries - and famous Household Management writer Mrs Beeton. Your author also understands it has some remarkable catacombs, which will have to be saved for another visit.

For more, see http://www.fownc.org/


  1. When did that blue sky appear?

  2. Looks like a great cemetery. I like to visit these places, i love the grandeur of the head stones etc.

    haven't been to Norwood though yet.

  3. I'm not usually a fan of Gothic Revival architecture - it is usually too weighty and deadly serious. But here it seems appropriate, especially with all those weighty doctors, engineers, architects and magnates. My favourite moment was finding Sir Henry Tate's tomb - anyone who could fund the Tate Gallery must have been ok.

  4. Ok now I know where you get your ideas for posts... gives slight Paddington hard stare ;)