A visit to Highgate Cemetery

July 17, 2019  •  6 Comments

I'm not usually one to visit cities, but sometimes needs must. The weather in London was so warm I went for a walk and I'm glad that I did.

Working in London for a few days, I had time to kill at night so decided to go for a walk around the Highgate area. This is a nice characterful part of London and in the beautiful summer evening, it was a pleasure to explore. On my first evenings' jaunt, I found myself in Waterlow Park and this park is particularly pleasing and natural feeling even with the locals sitting on the grass enjoying the weather (like me).

Waterlow ParkA park in London

I then walked through the park and found Highgate Cemetery - The east part was open for visitors despite the advertised opening hours. So £4 lighter I spent some time walking around the graveyard with my phone as my camera. This place (understandably) was particularly peaceful and calming, especially being in such a big city, I found myself lingering in the warm summer heat looking at the sunbeams streaming through the trees and illuminating the memorials.

The entrance to the west part of Highgate Cemetery   The grave of Karl MarxI've not read his books admittedly, but I have read animal farm by George Orwell...

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Comments

Chris(non-registered)
Thanks Derek, I'm glad you enjoyed it. Despite being in the middle of a city the peaceful feel was more like you get in a remote forest. I certainly appreciated it!
Derek May(non-registered)
First of your blogs I’ve read Chris!! Certainly enjoyed and will look out some more.
Amazing photography, in particular the colourful looks at the cemetery ( places we often see as morbid even dull
Chris Bowness Landscape
Cheers Mate, when I left the cemetery there was some cracking "Harry Potter" buildings to the south that made me think of Embra! I think a wee trip to Warriston is in order...
Andy P(non-registered)
Some cracking phots there mate, I haven't been for 20 odd years but Warriston cemetery in Embra used to have some really interesting bits in it too.
Chris Bowness Landscape
Thanks Tim, glad you liked it. The older graveyard across the road can only be visited by special arrangement, but looking at the pictures online that would so be worth a visit on a sunny evening to capture the atmosphere!.
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