Highgate Cemetery // West Cemetery


Highgate Cemetery, West Cemetery - The Egyptian Gateway
The Egyptian Gateway, flanked by a pair of massive obelisks

If you've been following this blog or have taken a look over on my Instagram, you'll know I have a bit of an obsession with the macabre. Growing up, I was always more into gothic literature and films than Disney, and could often be found exploring graveyards, imagining what lives of those below ground may have been like.

Back around Halloween I shared a few photographs I'd taken of the breathtaking Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris. During my trip to London in October, I made sure to tick off another item on my must-do list, and booked a tour of the Highgate Cemetery in north London. I knew from what I had saw online this was going to be another wondrous graveyard and would make for some fantastic photography.

Highgate Cemetery, West Cemetery

Highgate Cemetery, West Cemetery

As I have a fair bit to share with you all, I'm just going to focus on the West Cemetery here. I will have another post soon with some images taken of the East Cemetery.


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Highgate Cemetery has some of the finest funerary architecture in the country, from Egyptian obelisks to Classical tombs. Opened in 1839, is was originally run by a private company, and when it was deemed no longer profitable in the 1970s, it was left to nature and vandals to make their mark. The way the tombs and graves mingled and have been affected, even damaged and destroyed, by flora and fauna have turned the graveyard into a horror fan's dream (there's even catacombs). In fact, it has become a nature reserve, catering to life not seen much in London.

Highgate Cemetery, West Cemetery - Circle of Lebanon
Circle of Lebanon

Thankfully today it is rightfully seen as the beautiful historic landmark it is, and is now managed by a trust. You can only access the West Cemetery by guided tour; it isn't the cheapest, but the money raised goes back into preserving the graveyard, preserving it for future generations to explore.

Highgate Cemetery, West Cemetery - Circle of Lebanon

Highgate Cemetery, West Cemetery - Circle of Lebanon

Highgate Cemetery, West Cemetery - Circle of Lebanon

Highgate Cemetery, West Cemetery - Circle of Lebanon

Highgate Cemetery, West Cemetery - Circle of Lebanon

Highgate Cemetery, West Cemetery - Circle of Lebanon

Highgate Cemetery, West Cemetery - Circle of Lebanon

Highgate Cemetery, West Cemetery - Circle of Lebanon

Highgate Cemetery, West Cemetery - Circle of Lebanon

Highgate Cemetery, West Cemetery - Circle of Lebanon

Highgate Cemetery, West Cemetery - The Egyptian Gateway

You can learn more about Highgate Cemetery on the official website, or over on Wikipedia. You can also read more about the architecture and construction of the West Cemetery.


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