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Category Archives: 19th Century
Lavender Hill Cemetery is beautiful: perhaps one of the nicest suburban Victorian cemeteries I've visited. The site certainly helps, rolling down a hill and up the other side, with two chapels looking over a woodland view. The great and the good of Victorian Enfield congregate around the top of the hill. Further afield things are not quite so nice: curb surround graves looking like mousetraps from the twentieth century blanket the opposite hillside, and newer marble slabs have been tucked in neat rows into any remaining spaces. Still, Enfield must be congratulated on the excellent condition of this lovely little cemetery.
Harmondsworth Burial Ground is really an extention of the churchyard in this pretty little village. The memorials are not so pretty as their surroundings: the modest Victorian tombs of the churchyard have been annexed to a field of rows of marble slabs. Still, see this one while you can: if the proposed extension to Heathrow Airport goes ahead, the churchyard will be lost.
Victoria Lane Burial Ground is a tiny plot of fewer than a hundred graves tucked away at the end of a cul de sac. Though the roar of the M4 motorway is ever-present, a thick shrubbery screens it from view and makes this feel a most cosy resting place.
The ground was opened in 1871 as an extension of the churchyard of St. Peter and St. Paul's Parish Church, Harlington, and is now closed to new burials. It is maintained by Hillingdon Borough Council, to whom I'm grateful for information regarding this lovely site.