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Pictures from 2005, taken with a Pentax MX and real film. Gap Road was opened in 1876 and is still open for burials. It's run by the London Borough of Merton, who do cemeteries well, and make the rather lovely statement on their website that "the cemetery is open to residents and non-residents". Indeed.
Bunhill Fields is - today - a small garden to the north of the City of London, opened on the site of a burial ground used between the sixteenth and nineteenth century. As the ground was never consecrated, it became the favoured burial site for nonconformists, and now is the resting place for John Bunyan, William Blake, Daniel Defoe, several members of the Cromwell family (though not Oliver) and Susanna Wesley (mother of John & Charles), as well as John Benjamin Tolkien, grandfather of J. R. R. of that ilk.
It's often said that Bunhill Fields gives us a taste of what the old burial grounds in London were like before the nineteenth century. Frankly, this is nonsense: Bunhill today is cleaned up, grassed over, with the graves tidily put away behind railings. The coffins, bones and even bodies that nineteenth century writers record as protruding from graves are all gone: all that really remains are some of the gravestones, with epitaphs deteriorated beyond reading.
I also discovered the small Quaker Burial Ground which was once part of Bunhill Fields, but now is hidden away in the midst of a housing development. The founder of the Quaker movement, George Fox, has a tiny memorial beside the wall; the rest of the ground has been turned into a (frankly, not very attractive) garden.
Visiting: Old Street, Moorgate, Barbican and Liverpool Street tubes are all within walking distance. Lots of livings, many dog walkers and some other photographers. Many of the stones are behind fenced enclosures: visit early afternoon in the week or make an appointment if you want to get closer.
Bromley Hill is a small but tidily well-maintained site, a little oasis of calm beside a main road. Though the monuments themselves are largely unremarkable, the pair of tiny chapels and their porte cochere make an attractive and, unusually, unvandalised entrance.
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.
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.