Mon, 16 Jan|
Brookwood and the Railway Cemeteries
Cemeteries and steam engines - through beautifully kept parkland. What was the fascination the Victorians had...?
Time & Location
16 Jan 2023, 18:30 GMT – 17 Jan 2023, 20:00 GMT
About the event
Brookwood Cemetery is the largest cemetery in the western hemisphere. From the walled-off mini-cemeteries of City Churches to leaf-littered prairies containing the anonymous dead: Brookwood is the closest thing we have today to a Victorian cemetery as it was meant to be.
Landscaped by pedigree men, including a gardener who would go on to implement designs in Sandringham and of whom Edward VII would describe as "a gentleman not to be described as inexpensive", Brookwood's beauty achieved what many of the suburban cemeteries could not - it could maintain its park like elegance against the threat of urban sprawl but still be close enough to London via its deathly railway service from London Waterloo.
In this talk Sheldon will explore the founding men and the garden designs that influenced the aesthetic of the cemetery and how these influence the ongoing restoration of the cemetery today, from the creation of a wetland area and returning long forgotten parts of the cemetery back into public use, as well as other cemeteries with railway links and their own landscaping.