A place to sit and draw

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A place to sit and draw

The lovely Lilith Piper sketches in Highgate Cemetery, surrounded by peace and nature in the city. 

Highgate Cemetery is one of the Magnificent Seven. Opened in 1839 in Highgate, London.

The Magnificent Seven came about after an act of parliament was passed in 1832 to encourage the establishment of private cemeteries outside of central London. Kensal Green, West Norwood, Highgate, Abney Park, Brompton, Nunhead and Tower Hamlets. Previous to this, for hundred of years, almost all London’s dead were buried in small parish churchyards, which had become dangerously overcrowded.

Highgate, like many of the Magnificent Seven, became a fashionable place for burials. The Victorians loved to create gothic tombs making it a fabulous and mysterious place to explore. Among the famous buried there are many of Charles Dickens’ family along with the tomb of Karl Marx.

The grounds are full of trees, shrubbery and wildflowers making it a haven for wildlife.

HIghgate Cemetery is featured on three of our PACMATs:

- Inner London Family PACMAT
London Parks Family PACMAT
London National Park City Family PACMAT


 Photograph by Eliza