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.
Well worth worth visiting as well:
- Kensal Green Cemetery
- West Norwood Cemetery
- Highgate Cemetery
- Nunhead Cemetery
- Abney Park Cemetery
- Brompton Cemetery
- Tower Hamlets Cemetery