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The Magnificent Seven: London's First Landscaped Cemeteries
A ring of spectacular cemeteries, developed at the edges of London in the decade from 1832, have long been referred to as The Magnificent Seven. At the time, they set a new aesthetic for the burial of the dead, and remain rich in social history and beauty to this day. It was entrepreneurs, rather than the religious authorities, who responded to the squalor of the City's br ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published February 1st 2011 by Amberley Publishing
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This is a beautifully produced bookwhich would make a wonderful introduction to any budding taphophile wanting to know more about London’s seven Victorian cemeteries. These are Abney Park, Tower Hamlets, Nunhead, Highgate, Brompton, Kensal Green and West Norwood. All of them have their own individual character and atmosphere and the authors discuss the reasons for their creation, notable tombs to look for and also look at Pere Lachaise in Paris. John Turpin has been a tour guide at Nunhead Cemet ...more
This was a very informative book and I enjoyed it a lot. I've been a little obsessed with the Magnificent Seven since I visited Highgate. I was saddened to learn that some are in very bad shape. I was surprised to learn how small they are in comparison to some we have here. I would have like it more if the pictures had been in color. All in all though, it was a nice way to armchair travel the afternoon away.