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Dark Tourism: Brompton Cemetery, UK - 08/11/2013
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Established in 1840, Brompton Cemetery is one of the more notable Victorian burial grounds in the city of London. While this garden cemetery is a popular destination with those in search of rest or tranquil contemplation, Brompton is also a notable necropolis, home to almost quarter of a million corpses: spread from the catacombs below, up to the many thousands of monumented graves which line its tree-shaded avenues. The Magnificent Seven Brompton Cemetery is a member of the 'Magnificent Seven': a series of grand cemeteries that were opened across London in the nineteenth century. Over the first half of that century London's population more than doubled, reaching a total of 2.3 million people by 1850. As a result, the capital's burial sites were full to bursting. There are stories of the dead being buried in gardens, beneath buildings, or bodies cast into the city's open sewers; the threat of disease was the highest it had been since the Great Plague. London was crying out for a more respectful system of catering to the deceased, as well as alleviating the obvious health concerns. Besides, real estate prices in the capital were reaching previously unimagined heights – and there was pressure to relocate the dead to make way for new developments. The first of the city's relief cemeteries was opened in 1832 by a bill of parliament: the Kensal Green Cemetery. Another six would follow, forming a ring of new burial grounds around the outskirts of Greater London. West Norwood, Hi...

Dark Tourism: Brompton Cemetery, UK



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