|Having recently visited London's most famous Cemetery in Highgate North London,|
here are some of the pictures taken on the day. Of course Highgate Cemetery is split
into two areas, The East Cemetery and The West Cemetery. I spent my morning
in The East Cemetery, the more accessible home of some well known headstones.
A visit to The West Cemetery requires that you are accompanied by a tour guide.
But the one thing that the Western side has is the rather grand Egyptian Avenue
and The Terrace Catacombs. It is also the resting place of George Michael who
died suddenly on Christmas Day last year. And his family's choice of Highgate has
been causing some concern at the Cemetery as they have been inundated with
enquiries from fans all around the world. Even now when you call the Cemetery
about a general visit, their first message is how it is not possible for anyone to
visit George's grave. The staff don't want The West Cemetery to become like another
Graceland or some kind of overcrowded shrine. The burial site for George is currently
concealed to the public and will not be part of The West Cemetery guided tour.
They say that they want George's grave site to settle. So who knows, maybe one day
they might put it on the tour guide.
But it was interesting walking around The famous East Cemetery. And several of the
more palatial mausoleums greet you as you enter. And yet there are some wild
areas where many headstones are covered with overgrown ivy. And you imagine
that these sites are no longer attended to or that those connected families have
all but died out.
But it was fun hunting down the well known headstones.
Some of the day's pictures can be seen below.
HIGHGATE CEMETERY LONDON
|Below: MALCOLM McCLAREN|
Pioneer of the Punk Music movement
and former Manager of The Sex Pistols.
His epitaph reads...
"Better to be a spectacular failure, than a benign success."
Above is the entrance to The West Cemetery.
Above is a novel grave stone. It's almost a full size stone
piano. And it's the burial site of musician
Harry Thornton who died in 1918.
Above: The burial site of 1980's tv prankster Jeremy Beadle.
|Above is the very much visited grave site of Victorian novelist|
Mary Ann Cross-Evans, better known as George Eliot.
Her most well known works include 'Silas Marner' 'The Mill
On the Floss' and of course 'Middlemarch.'
Above is one of several large mausoleums that greet you as you
enter the East Cemetery.
Above is the double grave site of Loren and Bert Jansch.
Bert Jansch was a Scottish folk musician and founding
member of Pentangle.
|Above left is an intriguing headstone. It leaves so many unanswered|
questions. It's the grave site of Jim Stanford Horn, a young man
who died at the age of 34 in 2010. He was one half of a gay
couple who clearly enjoyed Penguin books.
Some speculators believe that spaces on the headstone have
been left for the day that the surviving partner passes on
when they will once again be joined together.
Notice the gap for a possible 'S' after the word partner.
Plus the huge gap left under Jim Horn's name.
I read an interesting but speculative article on this intriguing
headstone and it's written by Jason Villemez titled
THE PENGUINS OF HIGHGATE CEMETERY.
Apparently on first seeing this grave site he was moved to tears,
not over the loss of the young man's life but more so for
the effect it must have had on the surviving partner.
The middle gravestone is the headstone for Corin Redgrave
from the Redgrave dynasty, that well known family of actors.
And on the far right is a flat headstone that I saw off the beaten
path just by chance. It is the burial site for celebrated
corsetiere Velder Lander.
Above is a small flat lying stone in memory of Cy Endfield.
His most well known productions included 'Zulu' (1964)
as well as 'Zulu Dawn' (1979).
He also directed many popular B Movies.
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