Friday, 8 October 2010

Samhain/Hallowe’en Visit: Highgate Cemetery

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Well this is the time of year to think about or ancestors. To remember them and where we have come from because of them. But I was thinking, not only should we remember those directly linked to us but how about those who through their existence have directly or indirectly affected us?

I have always been interested in the cemeteries, places of supposed haunting; I find them peaceful and intriguing. Whenever I am in a new area I visited the local cemetery. Not only is it normally a lovely place for a walk, most having beautiful gardens and tree areas, it is also a place where you can learn things.

Highgate cemetery is local to some of my family and one I have visited over the years quite often. They have in the past held “ghost visits” at Hallowe’en to those brave enough to try them.
Highgate cemetery is in London and has lots of “residents” from the inconsequential to the most revered. Open to visitors, although only when a funeral isn’t taking place, you can visit the graves of those who have had a touch of improvement (or maybe otherwise!) on our world. Whether it be the written influences of someone like Douglas Adams (author of Hitchhikers Guide..) or Farzad Bazoft a journalist, executed by Saddam Hussein's regime, or the work leading to the invention of electric dynamo by Michael Faraday, physicist, through to Karl Marx there is someone there who will make you stop and think. To be grateful of whom we are and how we got to be there. Not to mention it is just the most fantastic place of Victorian Gothic to study!
So next time you are passing one, have a look, the messages engraved on the stones should be enough to make you think, if not at least the surroundings are worth a visit.


Debra She Who Seeks said...

Does Douglas Adams' tombstone have a towel and copy of the Hitchhikers' Guide carved onto it? It really ought to.

Chris in the Emerald City said...

That is a truly amazing cemetery! Thanks for sharing!


Lyn said...

I lived in London all my life until 3 years ago and never went to Highgate. I love cemeteries and are now lucky enought to have Southampton Old Cemetery near by but I don't think it has a patch on Highgate *sigh*.

The first photo is beautiful.

Jon said...

LOL I second the "towel" comment :)
These pictures are beautiful!

Wendy said...

I would love to visit here, esp. on Samhain....The history and beauty are literally haunting!

Dragonfly said...

Thanks for sharing your photos, great post as well. I have never managed to get to Highgate Cemetery but it is one I'd love to visit. I love to visit cemeteries, they are so full of history, symbolism and architecture.