Brompton Cemetery, an open-air cathedral of remembrance

Flickering Lamps

A couple of weekends ago, I was invited to attend an event being held as part of the London Month of the Dead at Brompton Cemetery in west London.  The main cemetery entrance is on Old Brompton Road, not far from Earl’s Court station, in that slightly ragged edge of town where Chelsea, Fulham and Kensington meet, and where genteel houses make way for seedy hotels and dreary bedsits with grimy windows.  Behind high railings, and through an imposing gateway, is one of London’s Magnificent Seven cemeteries.


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2 thoughts on “Brompton Cemetery, an open-air cathedral of remembrance

  1. A terrific and well-illustrated article, about one of London’s ‘secret’ pleasures. I have visited the cemetery on several occasions, including a few times during my work in the London Ambulance Service, to pick up people who were unwell, or injured. I have never been inside the chapel or catacombs though, so it was very nice to see those featured.
    One for the list of anyone who thinks that there is nothing left to see in London!
    (Kensal Green is worth a look too)
    Best wishes, Pete.

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    • It is a great post and there were so many things I didn’t know about some of the people buried there like Pankhurst. I’m very familiar with a part of it because there’s a maternal family plot there. No more room for bodies but I was able to put my mother’s ashes in there, which was what she wanted. I’m glad you enjoyed it, Pete. Have a good weekend!


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