Having gone up to London to get my final Gromit at Paddington Station, thanks to a great suggestion by a Twitterer I decided to have a meander through Highgate Cemetery. I would definitely recommend the guided tour of Highgate Cemetery West. It’s £12 for the tour, which takes just over an hour, but you can also visit Highgate Cemetery East for free. The East Cemetery is where I went first.
This statue put me in mind of the Weeping Angels in the recent Doctor Who series.
I would be interested to know the relevance of the pens at the grave of Douglas Adams.
Having never given it much thought, I reached the theory that gravestones end up leaning over because the coffin rots causing the ground above to subside.
Then it was across the road to the West Cemetery and the guided tour. This was a fascinating tour and well worth the money. My first surprise was seeing the final resting place of Alexander Litvinenko, the ex-Russian KGB Agent who was allegedly poisoned. Special dispensations are made as to who can be buried in the cemetery.
There is a set of catacombs that visitors are allowed in although not able to take photographs. A typical family vault within the catacomb contains around 15 spaces for coffins. I was able to see some of the very old coffins. Coffins would go in feet first so that if a family member wanted to come and pay their respects to their deceased relative they would at least be talking to the head and not the feet.
Cemeteries make wonderful wildlife havens for all sorts of small animals and birds.
Definitely worth a visit