More years ago than I'd like to admit, I took my niece who was about 14 at the time to London. Her mother, my sister Pam went along also. In planning that trip I bought a book about what children would enjoy doing and seeing in London and one of the things featured in the book was Highgate Cemetery. The author of the book said the eeriness of the place was appealing to kids and fed their imaginations. I'm not sure my niece was so keen on a visit there but, evidently the "kid" in me was all for it. So, on a drizzly day we went and I loved it and have always wanted to go back and get some proper photos of the place. My November trip to London gave me that opportunity.
The cemetery opened in 1839 as a privately run company but by 1970 it was no longer profitable and the place fell into the not so kind hands of nature and vandals. It is now operated by an all volunteer group who take tours on the older side of the cemetery and use the money raised to maintain and restore the place.
The above and below photos feature a place in the cemetery called Egyptian Avenue. The people of the Victorian era had a fascination for all things Egyptian fueled by the discoveries of ancient treasures by the explorers of the day.
Egyptian Avenue features family vaults where prominent London families were interred.
The cemetery gets it's eerie atmosphere from the overgrown look of the place with tree roots and vines crawling all over the monuments.
To the left is one of the recent graves. It's the grave of Alexander Litinenko, the ex-Russian spy who was poisoned by radioactive material just a few years ago. I bet you remember reading about that incident in the news.
You can visit the newer side of Highgate Cemetery on your own after paying an entrance fee. That side of the cemetery is well known to many people because the grave of Karl Marx is there. I didn't visit that side cemetery on this trip. I was much more interested in the overgrown and tumble-down side I've pictured here.