A new picture from the Magnificent Seven series – the seven large cemeteries in London.
This time Brompton Cemetery near Stamford Bridge (the football stadium of Chelsea FC) in South West 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.
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.