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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.
Eastbrookend Cemetery... what is there to say about this place? It has a gaudy orange chapel with a cross design in the roof tiles (no multifaith services here then). It has an overcrowded traditional section, and a muddy lawn section filled with gaudy floral sculptures. It has, in fact, little to recommend it apart from the grave of a Mr Death.
Strayfield Road Cemetery is, according to the notice beside the locked gate on Strayfield Road itself, an extension to Lavender Hill Cemetery; the two are joined by a tree-lined footpath, and officially, Strayfield Road is only accessible through Lavender Hill. This is a very new extension to that cemetery, and has a rather strange feeling of headstones newly placed in parkland or field. It seems to have seen extensive use in the few years it's been open, and according to Enfield Council, is the only cemetery in the borough with new graves available. (65% of Enfield's dead are buried: the national average is 28%.) The headstones are uniformly polished granite slabs, placed in back to back rows to make nice wide aisles for the lawnmowers; though that's the sort of layout I usually complain about, here, for now, it's new enough to still feel loved.