A few years ago, on a stiflingly hot mid-summer day, I visited this beautiful cemetery, Kensal Green. In west London, in the borough of Kensington and Chelsea, it was opened in 1833 and sits on 72 acres of grounds. It is one of London's Magnificent Seven cemeteries, deservedly so, and is a fine example of a typical Victorian burial ground.
From the cemetery's own website:
Inspired by the cemetery of Pere-Lachaises in Paris and founded in 1833 by the Barrister George Frederick Carden Kensal Green Cemetery comprises of 72 acres of beautiful grounds including two conservation areas and an adjoining a canal. The cemetery is home to 33 species of bird and other wildlife. This distinctive cemetery has a host of different of memorials ranging from large mausoleums housing the rich and famous to many distinctive smaller graves and even includes special areas dedicated to the very young. With three chapels catering for people of all faiths and social standing the General Cemetery Company is proud to have provided a haven in the heart London for over 170 years for its inhabitants remember their loved one in a tranquil and dignified environment.
Forget your typical small-town cemetery or graveyard, and feast your eyes upon something entirely different, as we visit Kensal Green Cemetery: