This is the west or old Brompton Cemetery. It is located near Earl’s Court and right next to the Chelsea football stadium (Stanbrook Road) in South West London.
Another image of the Magnificent Seven series – the seven large cemeteries in London.
A new picture from the Magnificent Seven series – the seven large cemeteries in London.
The picture shows old coffins in the catacombs which were originally conceived as a cheaper alternative burial to having a plot in the grounds of the cemetery. Compared to the other 6 of the magnificent seven, Brompton Cemetery appears rather looked after and in in good order.
[box style=”rounded” border=”full”]The American Sioux Indian chief, Long Wolf, a veteran of the Sioux wars was buried here on June 13, 1892 having died age 59 of bronchial pneumonia while taking part in the European tour of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show. He shared the grave with a 17 month old Indian girl named Star Ghost Dog believed to have fallen from her mother’s arms while on horseback. 105 years later a British woman named Elizabeth Knight traced his family and campaigned with them to have his remains returned to the land of his birth. In 1997, Chief Long Wolf was finally moved to a new plot in the Wolf Creek Community Cemetery (ancestral burial ground of the Oglala Sioux tribe) at Pine Ridge, South Dakota. His great grandson John Black Feather said “Back then, they had burials at sea, they did ask his wife if she wanted to take him home and she figured that as soon as they hit the water they would throw him overboard, so that’s why they left him here.[/box]
Another picture from the Magnificent Seven – the seven large cemeteries in London.
Today the Nunhead Cemetery in East London Borough of Southwark. They say it’s the least famous and celebrated of them.
They were all established in the 19th century to alleviate overcrowding in existing parish burial grounds and are now pretty much left to neglected management. Which makes them unique and uber picturesque.
London’s population doubled from 1 million to 2.3 million in the early 19th century. Then all London’s dead were buried in small parish churchyards, which quickly became dangerously overcrowded, leading to decaying matter getting into the water supply and causing epidemics. There were stories of graves being dug that already contained bodies, and bodies being flushed directly into the newly-built sewer system.
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