London Nunhead Graveyard
Consecrated in 1840, this Victorian cemetery is one of the “Magificent Seven” seven great cemeteries located in a ring around the outskirts of London. The cemetery is located in the Nunhead area of south London and was originally known as “All Saints” cemetery. Like many of South East London’s interesting old locations, it is often overlooked due to the lack of a nearby tube station, but it is actually a short walk from Nunhead Rail station, which is three stops from London Victoria.
Historic site with gothic charm
This cemetery was built to bury the dead with dignity, a stark contrast to the inner city, where there was no space to bury bodies and where the bodies were piled up in small, unsanitary cemeteries. The new cemeteries were funded by private entrepreneurs, who wanted their loved ones close to their homes. & Nbsp; Nunhaed also became a pleasant green space, laid out during the period when the public parks and the idea of creating ‘lungs’ became popular in big cities. Nunhead is home to a variety of mausoleums, ranging from lavish monuments of the rich and famous to simpler headstones for the less affluent. Much of the cemetery is overgrown and in a poor state of repair, but has subsequently become a haven for wildlife. The blossoming nature and vines overgrow the weathered gravestones. Fascinating, moving and sometimes terrifying …
Burials at Nunhead Cemetery
Nearly 300,000 people are buried in Nunhead, many with tombstones but also mere mortals, buried in a mass grave. An average of 1,700 burials remain annually, partly in the consecrated soil, partly in the unconsecrated earth. Some famous names: -The first burial was of Charles Abbott, a 101 year old Ipswich grocer in October 1840. Average annual burials are around 1700. -Frederick Augustus Abel (1827-1902) co-inventor of cordite. -Robert Armstrong (1788-1867) author of the first Gaelic dictionary published in 1825. -William Shergold BroEdwardning (1797-1874) Historian and author -John Eliot (1782-1863) soldier Spanish War of Independence & nbsp; -… Information about the deceased at the London Nunhead Cemetery can be found on the internet at Deaceased Online Records.