Friends excursions: Highgate Cemetery
Due to popular demand, we return to Highgate Cemetery for a guided tour of the private West Cemetery and its atmospheric Lebanon Circle Vaults, Egyptian Avenue and recently opened Terrace Catacombs.
Opened in 1839 as one of the “Magnificent Seven” cemeteries, built to relieve the overcrowding of small inner-London graveyards, Highgate has some of the finest funerary architecture in the country and has been designated by English Heritage as a Grade I-listed park. On our private tour, Friends learn about the symbolism of the monuments’ architecture, as well as the history behind some of the cemetery’s most interesting residents.
Our tour of the gated West Cemetery includes the Lebanon Circle Vaults, which surround a massive ancient cedar tree that long predates the cemetery itself. We also stop in Egyptian Avenue to learn more about the great interest in Egyptian architecture and memorialisation of the dead at the time the cemetery was created.
This event will also take place at the same time on 12 September 2017.
● Fully booked
Wednesday 12 July 2017
11am — 1pm
Highgate West Cemetery, Swains Lane, Highgate, N6. Full directions with ticket.