For Week Two of my spooky October challenge, I went to Highgate Cemetery, one of seven Victorian cemeteries surrounding London, erected to compensate for the enormous population boom of the 19th century.
Part I: East Cemetery
The East Cemetery is the slightly younger of the two sections of Highgate Cemetery and is still very much an active cemetery today. Notable residents include Karl Marx and Douglas Adams.
A personal pilgrimage of mine. Those are my lips. I forgot to bring flowers and my towel.
Some of the newer graves tend to be a bit quirky.
Horrifying rotted Virgin Mary right next to…
Horrifying Chucky-esque cherub child thing.
Really blurry London Fire Brigade Memorial picture. Sorry, guys…
Buried tombstone. The unfortunate consequence of minimal upkeep.
Bizarrely, it was overcast and drizzling when I took these pictures. I think the sun was peeking out at just the right angle to reflect the light on these tombstones here, resulting in two freakishly blown out pictures…
I really want to stress how enormous, sprawling, and labyrinthine this cemetery is.
Highgate has many living residents as well: squirrels, foxes, and the cats of the care takers all call the Cemetery home.
The outstanding foliage really makes Highgate Cemetery as beautiful as it is macabre.
1898 was a tough year for the Bannell family.
Even in spite of still being an active cemetery with residents being constantly added and visitors daily, you can really see Nature reclaim her territory everywhere.
Tales of bravery: two men who gave their lives to save others.
I loved this statue. So peaceful.
I don’t know who Lynne Ashcroft was, but I found this tribute to her very moving.
MOST TERRIFYING THING IN THE CEMETERY.
Like what you saw? Stay tuned for Part 2: West Cemetery…