London’s “Magnificent Seven” Cemeteries – BillionGraves March 26, 2019


Definitely a great post by Cathy Wallace and the BillionGraves Team. I only highlighted the “Magnificent Seven” cemeteries and included links to their locations on BillionGraves.

London’s “Magnificent Seven” Cemeteries:

The “Magnificent Seven” is the nickname for seven huge cemeteries that surround the heart of London. Each is a unique masterpiece of park-like greenspace.


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Things began to change when the British took notice of a beautiful cemetery that was built in Paris. It was called Cimetiere du Pere Lachaise and it sprung up as a result of a declaration made by Napoleon in 1804. Napoleon’s decree put an end to burials within churches, temples, synagogues – and their surrounding yards – within French cities in an attempt to improve public health.


London is surrounded by seven magnificent cemeteries

The Magnificent Seven

Consequently, over the next decade, the following seven resting places were established surrounding the city of London:

  1. Kensal Green Cemetery, 1832
  2. West Norwood Cemetery, 1836
  3. Highgate Cemetery, 1839
  4. Abney Park Cemetery, 1840
  5. Nunhead Cemetery, 1840
  6. Brompton Cemetery, 1840
  7. Tower Hamlets Cemetery, 1841

It wasn’t until much later that the ring of cemeteries was dubbed “The Magnificent Seven.” Oddly, the name was after the title of a 1960’s western film.

Magnificent Seven Cemetery #1: Kensal Green Cemetery

Notable burials mentioned in the link:

Major-General Sir William Casement:

Charles Blondin – (per Wikipedia –

Magnificent Seven Cemetery #2: West Norwood Cemetery-

No notable burials listed in the link

Magnificent Seven Cemetery #3: Highgate Cemetery- (East) and (West)

Notable burials:

Karl Marx –

Michael Faraday – not photographed yet

Thomas Sayers – not photographed yet

Magnificent Seven Cemetery #4: Abney Park Cemetery –

Notable burials:

Frank Bostock – not photographed yet

Catherine Booth –

William Booth –

Magnificent Seven Cemetery #5: Nunhead Cemetery-

Notable burials: None listed in the link

Magnificent Seven Cemetery #6: Brompton Cemetery-

Notable burials:

Sir William Crookes – not photographed yet

Hannah Courtoy – not photographed yet

Augustus Antoine Meves – not photographed yet

Magnificent Seven Cemetery #7: Tower Hamlets Cemetery – based on location – 

and not or—Defunct/169581

No notable burials listed in the link



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