Friends excursions: Kensal Green Cemetery
Join us for a guided tour of the atmospheric Kensal Green Cemetery, the first of the large garden cemeteries to be built in London.
Kensal Green Cemetery opened in 1833 and was the first of the “Magnificent Seven” cemeteries to be built in London in the 1830s and 1840s as a response to the growing movement for sanitary reform. Our tour includes viewing the Anglican Chapel and a range of extravagant large mausolea housing the rich and famous as well as smaller graves, all of which have their own stories to tell.
Three members of the Royal Family, several literary figures and many Royal Academicians are buried here including Robert Smirke, JW Waterhouse and Daniel Maclise. Maclise’s rarely exhibited treasure of the RA’s collection, the Waterloo Cartoon, was shown at the RA last year to coincide with the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo. The tour concludes with tea and biscuits in the Dissenters’ Gallery.
Please note there is a lot of walking on this tour and good mobility is essential.
● Fully booked
Wednesday 15 November 2017
2 — 4.30pm
Kensal Green Cemetery, Harrow Road, London W10. Full directions with ticket.
£22. Includes coffee/tea/biscuits.