Nunhead Cemetery, South London, London

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Nunhead Cemetery is one of the Magnificent Seven cemeteries in London, England. It is perhaps the least famous and celebrated of them. The cemetery is located in the Nunhead area of southern London and was originally known as All Saints' Cemetery. Nunhead Cemetery was consecrated in 1840 and opened by the London Necropolis Company. It is a Local Nature Reserve.LocationThe Main Gate is located on Linden Grove and the South Gate is located on Limesford Road. The cemetery is in the London Borough of Southwark, SE15.History and descriptionConsecrated in 1840, with an Anglican chapel designed by Thomas Little, it is one of the Magnificent Seven Victorian cemeteries established in a ring around what were then the outskirts of London. The first burial was of Charles Abbott, a 101-year-old Ipswich grocer; the last burial was of a volunteer soldier who became a canon of Lahore Cathedral. The first grave in Nunhead was dug in October 1840. The average annual number of burials there over the last ten years, has been 1685: 1350 in the consecrated, and 335 in the unconsecrated ground.In the cemetery were reinterred remains removed, in 1867 and 1933, from the site of the demolished St Christopher le Stocks church in the City of London.
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  • August 2, 2017
    If an estate agent was asked to describe Nunhead cemetery it would be along the lines of ‘many of the original features still visible, unspoilt, lots of potential’. In other words, much of Nunhead cem...  more »
  • July 11, 2017
    What a place. I discover more each time I walk here. It's a mix of old and new, but it's the old and derelict part a love. It's like stepping into another world. Monuments akimbo and statues minus han...  more »
  • June 17, 2017
    less knows as Highgate cemetery, but very beautiful too. Walked there several hours, even saw a fox running by. Very peaceful and great place to walk, Highly recommended  more »
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  • This is one of my favourite places in London. It is beautiful gothic urban wilderness with a grounding reminder of many who have passed before us. Striking, peaceful and mostly reclaimed by tumbling lush nature. Walking up the meandering crunching gravel paths and the more adventurous paths between in any weather always feels like such a serene and earthy treat. I wish there were more places like this in London.
  • The ascent along the lime tree-lined avenue from the main gates to the Gothic Chapel is dramatic, disquieting and unforgettable. Now designated a nature reserve, largely smothered by undergrowth, shrubs and a wide variety of mostly mature trees. Partially restored and undulating over sloping contours, appropriately somber and redolent. Ever so quiet high up here.
  • South east londons secret! A great place for a stroll or run, views in places over London and it feels like your out in the countryside but surrounded by so much history and not that busy!
  • Its like something out of a spooky American movie
  • A nice (old fashion) cemetery that could be used in a horror movie! Old tombstones!

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