The Magnificent Seven: Exploring the Victorian Graveyards of London

I have a thing for graveyards. Specifically, the crumbling Victorian variety. The sort that is built in a disordered pattern, on soggy ground that cannot support the tombstones. The grandeur of the graves and monuments, falling into a state of disarray and disrepair. I am also drawn to the wonderful, kitsch side of these cemeteries; something best exemplified in Tower Hamlets. Gaudy fake flowers in shiny, engraved vases. Grave-toppers saying ‘Dear Dad’, that are both heartfelt and charmingly corny. Wandering around these graveyards is one of my favourite activities in London.

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