my ancestors come from East Finchley & St Pancras so I am of to search the website for the above cemeteries to see if they can help people from overseas with research.
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25-01-2010, 8:46 PM #21
30-03-2010, 7:39 PM #22
Highgate was one of 7 original private cemeteries built around London in the 1830s and 1840s to provide secure and sanitary new resting places for the capital's dead - and this was in response to the terrible conditions prevailing in the many overcrowded little inner city graveyards. The seven new cemeteries were known as The Magnificent Seven! I believe that today Highgate is the only one privately owned (by the Friends of Highgate); the other six cemeteries are in local authority hands (I may be wrong here, but I think it's the case).
30-03-2010, 8:06 PM #23
- Join Date
- Sep 2004
According to my mother, her father (died 1921) was buried in Highgate Cemetery. His grave was near to that of Karl Marx, and his widow used to get furious that people trampled all over grandfather's grave to look at Marx's !
Eventually, Marx was reburied elsewhere - so grandfather was then left in peace !
I must check this out, and if he is really there, visit his grave at some time.
30-03-2010, 9:06 PM #24
- Join Date
- Mar 2008
- hertfordshire UK
If you have any luck finding your ancestors in Islington and St Pancras cemetery in East Finchley – I visit there from time to time as various family members are buried or commemorated there and if you manage to obtain grave references I am quite willing to have a look round and see if a gravestone or anything tangible still exists. It is an absolutely huge place, nicely kept but also with many overgrown sections.
I also often visit New Southgate Cemetery (also known as Great Northern Cemetery) a couple of miles down the road – this is also a huge place but they have impeccable records and are very helpful. Again, if grave references are available, I can always have a look round (If the summer ever arrives !)
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