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A GRAVE START TO THE NEW YEAR
So with the weather being chilly but bright, I decided to take a wander with the camera on Friday, New Year’s Day. It was the perfect weather to take photos, so I started off in King’s Cross where I wandered past the old gasometers and into St Pancras Station. It is a beautiful station, probably the nicest rail station in London and it photographs well. Then I jumped in the car and drove to the other end of London to Kensal Green Cemetery. One of the Magnificent Seven Victorian cemeteries in London, Kensal is an amazing place. Incorporated in 1832, it is the only cemetery where bodies cannot be exhumed and if it ceases to be an active cemetery, it has to be turned into a memorial park. The notable people buried there reads like a who’s who of arts, culture and history including engineers Marc Brunel and his more famous son Isambard Kingdom Brunel, mathematician Charles Babbage, author Wilkie Collins, romantic critic James Henry Leigh Hunt, playwright and writer Harold Pinter and William Thackeray (author of Vanity Fair). It has a very urban feel to it thanks to the gas tower and the tower blocks in the distance unlike West Brompton which almost feels like you’re somewhere in the country. My visit to Kensal Green was a trip to shoot images for a London Cemeteries book I’ll be publishing later in the year, so it was a very satisfying start to 2010. So here are some pics taken near King’s Cross and in Kensal including a few shot at St Mary’s Cemetery, a Catholic cemetery next to Kensal Green itself…






KENSAL GREEN: A GOTHIC CEMETERY IN TWO PARTS
I have been to Highgate and to Abney Park Cemetery, two of the famous Victorian cemetaries in London. But I have never visited Kensal Green. Until today. Since I have been working at the Doctor Who Adventures, which is located on Wood Lane in White City, it is about a 20 minute brisk walk to Kensal Green Cemetery. Created in 1833, the cemetery covers 72 acres in a very urban part of north and west London, from Ladbroke Grove to Kensal Rise. And it is a magnificent, truly Gothic masterpiece. More of a sprawl than Highgate, Kensal Green is a massive but very well-kept cemetery with some incredible views. A very urban place, I spent about an hour wandering through it, so here is the first part of my photos that I took today in the suitably bleak and windy weather…