Come along on Sunday 5th September to visit Highgate Cemetery!
About the cemetery
The cemetery opened in 1839 as part of a plan to provide seven large, modern cemeteries, now known as the "Magnificent Seven", around the outside of central London. The inner-London cemeteries, mostly attached to individual churches, had long been unable to cope with the number of burials and were seen as a hazard to health and an undignified way to treat the dead.
Highgate Cemetery was dedicated to St. James with fifteen acres consecrated for the use of the Church of England, and two acres set aside for Dissenters. Rights of burial were sold for either limited period or in perpetuity.
It's the burial place of some very famous people, notably Karl Marx , physicist Michael Faraday, author Douglas Adams, manager of the Sex Pistols Malcolm McLaren, actor Ralph Richardson and John & Elizabeth Dickens, parents of Charles and models for Mr Micawber and Mrs Nickleby.
We will be visiting the east cemetery only. Also going in the Spring, we should be able to see some seasonal colour in the trees.
The visit should last about 2 hours. The visit is self guiding in small groups using maps provided.
Entry cost is £5 per person for Full Members and £6 per person for everyone else (payable on the day).
Go here to become a Full Member - https://www.meetup.com/London_Cultureseekers/dues/
Afterwards we will head to the 'The House pub & cafe', 126 Dartmouth Park Hill, a short walk from the cemetery 4pm for a chat over a drink.
Please note, we only wait outside the station for 10 minutes after the advertised meeting time, so please be early or on time. The cemetery is a 15 minute walk from the tube station.
If you can't see us outside the station, please text.
Look out for the red & blue 'London Cultureseekers' group sign.
Hope to see you there!
Robert[masked] (prefer text)
Please make sure you are aware of the group rules here before RSVPing - https://www.meetup.com/London_Cultureseekers/pages/26449165/Group_Rules/