Welcome to the A-Z challenge, where we'll be blogging our way through the alphabet throughout the month of April. My theme will be places--it may be a specific place, a state, or a country. It will be whatever I think is spooky, beautiful, or intriguing. I'll be rating each stop on the way with those factors, with 5 being the highest score, and 1 being the lowest score. I hope it will inspire any writers, or travelers out there in Bloggerland. So, thanks for stopping by, and enjoy!
H = Highgate Cemetery
We have left Scotland, and have arrived at our eighth stop on our tour today in north London, England. In the early 19th century, London was experiencing high mortality rates, and there wasn't enough space for burial. Parliament opened seven new private cemeteries to be opened in the countryside around the capital. These cemeteries were Kensal Green 1833, West Norwood 1836, Highgate 1839, Abney Park 1840, Brompton 1840, Ninhead 1840, and Tower Hamlets 1841. Also known as the "Magnificent Seven."
In 1839 fifteen acres was set aside for members of the Church of England, and two acres for "others." May of 1839 was the first burial in Highgate, Elizabeth Jackson. Apparently Highgate was the place to be buried, and became the capitals most fashionable place to rest in peace. The monuments became more eccentric, as families outdid each other, but by the 1960's it became rundown. It wasn't until the 80's that the cemetery had a restoration. The grounds are still full of flowers, trees, and shrubs that have been left to grow wild. Looking at the pictures below you can see why the Highgate Cemetery has intrigued me.
Circle of Lebanon, West Cemetery
Karl Marx grave, East Cemetery. Karl was a philosopher, historian, sociologist, economist, and
Entrance to the Egyptian Avenue, West Cemetery
Tales have been told of strange activity at the Highgate Cemetery--sinister cults holding ceremonies in the abandoned ruins before the restoration, a vampire in the old part of the cemetery, and ghostly sightings.
This city of the dead is chock full of history, and beauty. Are you scared, or would you visit this site?
Spook factor: 2
Intrigue factor: 4
Beauty factor: 5