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Brompton Cemetery

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Brompton Cemetery

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Fulham Road, London SW10 9UG England
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Discover the haunted side of London on a virtual ghost tour that reveals haunted houses, cemeteries, and harrowing historic tales. A great way to learn more about London without leaving the security of your own home, this tour includes an array of interesting details from your guide. Plus, interactive quizzes keep you engaged and ensure you don’t get bored. All tour times are in the British Summer Time timezone.
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Ian C wrote a review Jul 2020
London, United Kingdom23,995 contributions1,256 helpful votes
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I have lived a 15-minute drive away for years and passed by many times, but, much to my shame, never visited the Cemetery until today when I was looking for somewhere new to explore and enjoy walking in the sunshine. What a find!! Brompton is one of the more architectural cemeteries, opened in 1840 with neoclassical buildings as the centrepiece of what was intended to be a garden for the public to enjoy in addition as a last resting place for local people of all status. Strangely, it is managed by Royal Parks, though there are no British royalty there that I could see. Among the rich collection of funeral statuary, the most interesting designs are those which reflect their era such as the Art Nouveau monuments for Horace Lot (died in 1896) and Gilbert Laye (died 1926), the Byzantine design for Val C Prinsep (died 1904), the Celtic metalwork for Frederick Richards Leyland (died 1890) and the Celtic cross for Charles Edward Ricketts Robinson Priest. Monuments to search out are those to the 2625 Chelsea Pensioners buried nearby between 1855 and 1893, to Emily Pankhurst (died 1928), Dr John Snow (died 1858) who discovered that cholera was spread by infected drinking water, Blanche Roosevelt Macchetta, Marchesa D’Allegri (died 1898) and the Brigade of Guards Monument surrounded by military graves including many from the Scots and Irish Guards. There are catacombs underneath, but these were not popular due to a rumour that bodies explode when sealed in lead coffins (actually, they don't, they turn to liquid - don't ask me why I know that, but I know.....!!) With the stands of Chelsea Football Club appearing above the monuments along with a few other modern buildings, the Cemetery is a peaceful green space full of social history, popular with runners and a haven for wildlife, though the crows are as sinister as in Alfred Hitchcock’s famous film…. It must also be one of the few cemeteries which has a tea room - how enterprising is that! I have to admit that I did call in for a welcome refreshment. If you are interested in the art of cemetery memorials and the history of the people buried here, there is information on the Royal Parks website which you should download before you visit. Even though I spent some time here, I didn't see everything so another visit will be needed! All cemeteries should be like this!!
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Date of experience: July 2020
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NickTolson wrote a review May 2020
London, United Kingdom8 contributions5 helpful votes
I’m very pleased that this cemetery is open during lockdown. It is relatively quiet, with few people who all seem to be social distancing correctly. Nice to see that Emmeline Pankhurst’s grave still has Fresh flowers on during lockdown.
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Date of experience: May 2020
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Chis C wrote a review Apr 2020
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Once very popular with cruising gay men from GAY BARS in earls court,now has a cafe BROMPTON entrance and visitor centre ..mainly used as a short cut to Fulham rd for C&W hospital..Could do with a few more seats ..Popular with dog walkers
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Bwkuah wrote a review Oct 2019
Singapore, Singapore253 contributions98 helpful votes
Amazing to think the cemetery is where it is. Attended a London month of the dead event and had a blast listening to a legal talk inside the chapel. The chapel had good facilities. It is quite overrun at times in the cemetery and there is grass that needs to be cut. Unreal how close Stamford bridge is, you can hear the crowd every time there is some action on the pitch. Creepier than most cemeteries as the place looks rather unkempt but a fun evening.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Claire H wrote a review Sep 2019
London, United Kingdom155 contributions97 helpful votes
We had been told to visit the cemetery by some local friends. So glad we found the Information Center and the great volunteer staff who work there. They helped us learn the basics and gave us some great materials (buy the guide!) to help make our visit really worthwhile.This is an amazing place and one of those things that really make a city come alive for a tourist. Met some locals who were also just discovering this place. Nice cafe too!
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Date of experience: September 2019
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