In the early nineteenth century, London was facing a major crisis. A high mortality rate coupled with inadequate burial space resulted in a serious problem: there was just not enough room for the dead! A a result, the "Magnificent Seven" - seven large private cemeteries - were built in London to alleviate overcrowding in existing parish burial grounds.
In the Victorian times, status mattered. Families wanted to be remembered. This has resulted in some stunning architecture and grandiose statuary displays in the form of Gothic tombs, gravestones and mausoleums. Highgate Cemetery is a listed property, therefore protected and one of the best places to view such a display.
Access to the West Cemetery is by guided tour only. It was recently featured in the highly anticipated Harry Potter prequel Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindlewald. The tour provides explanations of how burial methods have changed over the years and is full of personal and poignant stories.
Duration: Tours last 70 mins.
The East Cemetery can be navigated on your own. Here many famous names have been laid to rest including Karl Marx, George Eliot and Patrick Caulfield.
Please Note: This is a combined event with Thinking Bob.
Photo Credit: Andreas