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Gardens of Peace - The OTHER Garden Cemeteries

Highgate Kensal Green, ad nauseaum. What of the other great Victorian cemeteries that opened before the so-called Magnificent Seven?

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Gardens of Peace - The OTHER Garden Cemeteries
Gardens of Peace - The OTHER Garden Cemeteries

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09 Jan 2023, 18:30 GMT – 10 Jan 2023, 20:00 GMT

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Abney Park is the best example of a garden cemetery in the U.K  followed closely by its sisters such as Brompton and West Norwood. But  these 'Magnificent Seven' cemeteries were not the first to open using  garden landscapes as an influence: examples in Liverpool and Glasgow  opened beforehand.

So what are these necropoli and why did they  open before the London ones did? What influences played a part in  creating these bold new spaces and how were they received compared to  the deplorable churchyards of the time? Sheldon will explain how  classical design inspired a forty-year-old architect (who'd exhibited at  the Royal Academy) in Liverpool's premier valhalla and how park design  helped change attitudes to spaces of remembrance, such as that of London  Road Cemetery in Coventry.

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