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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.
Photos taken in 2005 with my beloved Pentax MX. Woodgrange Park Cemetery had certainly seen better days: the chapel was close to derelict, and much of the cemetery itself was overgrown. A new Muslim burial section was being used, however; incense wafted rather beautifully through the grass. I wonder how Woodgrange fares these days.
What is there to say about this pair of cemeteries, divided by the road? Taking European war cemeteries as their model, they are tidy. But row upon row upon row of marble slabs, identical in size, stretching as far as the eye can see, makes one wonder just for whose benefit this site is being run.
Barkingside Cemeteries are now (2005) almost full, and Redbridge are to open a new cemetery elsewhere in the borough.
Edited to add: I've received some rather abusive email with regards to the above comments. I'm well aware that the local council impose restrictions on what memorials may be set in cemeteries such as Barkingside. I'm not in favour of such restrictions, as you'd know, if you'd read the site rather than running to write your cross little essay It's my personal opinion that councils setting down strict limits on the form of memorials also limits their use, as memorials: who are the council to say how I wish to remember my loved one? And as this is my personal site, I'll state my personal opinion as much as I like.
St. Andrew's Old Church is rather a mess. When we first visited in 2003, almost the entire site was overgrown. Paths were impenetrable, graves were covered over with a thick layer of ivy and brambles, and the few accessible parts of the site were daubed with spray paint graffiti.
I'm happy to say that recently, things have begun to improve. With funding from a trust established by the son of a woman buried here, clearance work has begun, and the cemetery is slowly being reclaimed from the undergrowth.