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One of the problems with tracking down cemeteries is that there tends not to be a standard name for many of them. Over the course of a century, the same cemetery can go by half a dozen different names. Less often, the same name can be used for more than one cemetery. And with this one, both those things are happening.
The cemetery owned by the City of Westminster, situated on the south side of Uxbridge Road, has been variously known as City of Westminster Cemetery, Mill Hill Cemetery (not to be confused with the Mill Hill Cemetery in Mill Hill) and Hanwell Cemetery (not to be confused with the other Hanwell Cemetery on the other side of Uxbridge Road, owned by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea). Westminster are currently calling it Hanwell, so I am too.
As a large, old (opened in 1854) cemetery in a prosperous part of town, you'd expect some spectacular monuments, but sadly, Hanwell lacks many. There are angels in various poses and a few granite mausoleums, but mostly the cemetery is filled with arch-shaped stones and crosses. Worth a look for Jerrard's spectacular chapel, though, which is built on an entirely different scale to most cemetery chapels.
The City of London Cemetery was opened in 1856 and is still used for burials and cremations. It's an absolutely stunning place: a mixture of sumptuous Victorian monuments, wonderful mature landscaping and modern burial areas.
Pictures from 2005.
I don't think there's a league table for Most-Filmed-In Cemetery in Britain, but if there were, Kensal Green would surely top it: amongst a plethora of others, it appears in just about every episode of New Tricks, and was recently spotted in an episode of Morse, playing a cemetery in Oxford.
I'm sure it helps with filming that it's owned by a private company, not a London local authoriy.
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It was so damn hot that I forgot to photograph the Bianci, and all the cool stuff that's around it: will have to go back. Memo to self: interesting stuff in Hampstead is in the north-east corner to the right of the gate. Met some nice dogs though. I have a certain affection for Hampstead as it was the first place that someone else demanded to know what I was doing with a camera, and then demanded my URL because he didn't believe that photographing gravestones was a thing people without straight jackets actually did. It's an oddly lively cemetery.