London’s rich collection of cemeteries and burial places at last has a popular and accessible guide for the student, the literary pilgrim, the specialist and the curious. Terry Philpot has visited an assortment of burial grounds from the large Victorian cemeteries known as the ‘Magnificent Seven’, including Highgate and Abney Park, to hidden gems such as St John’s in Hampstead in order to create the unique and diverse 31 London Cemeteries. His captivating writing style offers an engaging and impressionistic view of the atmosphere they conjure up. He provides a historical account to allow for an imaginative contrast between the present and the past, and explains why cemeteries are in fact living places that can tell us so much about ourselves, our society and our history. Practical information is given about how to reach each cemetery and the major entries are accompanied by suggestions about where to eat and what else to see in the area. Details about Friends’ associations and whether tours are available is also offered. 31 London Cemeteries also includes ’10 facts you (probably) didn’t know about Funerary in London’ and a list of where the most notable people are buried. There is an extensive reading list for those who wish to explore further.
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