Hanwell Cemetery, Kensington

Not to be confused with the other Hanwell Cemetery owned by Westminster Council, this is the Hanwell Cemetery on the north side of Uxbridge Road, owned by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

It's a beautiful little cemetery, set back from the road and reached via a long driveway, so the traffic noise from Uxbridge Road is almost inaudible. The planting is Hanwell's glory: the trees here are beautiful and well-looked after. On a sunny Easter Saturday, I was the only person there and felt as though I were in the middle of the countryside. If you're visiting, don't miss the shell-topped grave of Edgar Albert Smith, conchologist at the British Museum.

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