Monday, June 13, 2011

Cemeteries of London: Highgate Cemetery Part II

Moving on from last week's photographs of the angels of Highgate Cemetery, here's a second set of atmospheric Highgate Cemetery photos.

Highgate is a sprawling Victorian cemetery in north London that was opened in 1839. The population of London had exploded, and Parliament dictated that several new cemeteries be created in the 1830s and '40s. In addition to Highgate, the new cemeteries were Kensal Green, West Norwood, Abney Park, Brompton, Nunhead, and Tower Hamlets. (I'll be posting photos from Abney Park and Brompton later this month.)

Highgate Cemetery is said to have inspired Bram Stoker's Dracula, and in the 1970s rumors abounded about the "Highgate Vampire," creating a new urban legend. The entrance to the Egyptian avenue of vaults, directly below, shows how such rumors of vampires could be believed...

I didn't notice at the time that this photograph of me taking photographs had been taken.


1 comment:

  1. You're right -- I can just SEE a vampire (or two) heading up that lonely vault alley.

    And, by the way, last week's picture of the ivy twining a cemetery cross was exceptional!