Following a pleasant visit to the EAST Highgate Cemetery today (report and images to follow) we have decided to go to the Western Highgate Cemetery (across Swain's Lane from the Eastern Cemetery), which has only recently become accessible to the public without going on a guided tour.
The West Cemetery is older than the East Cemetery, and has some seriously exotic architecture. It has a gothic entrance area, and the walk up the hill takes the visitor into antiquity via the ancient Egyptian Avenue and the Circle of Lebanon. The effect is stunning. This is the absolute tops in Victorian burial arrangements.
We will meet at 11 o'clock inside the main entrance area of the Western Cemetery. The Egyptian Ave and the Circle of Lebanon are at the top of the hill reached by the main path which is where we suggest we make our way.
Further details of the Cemetery here:
The nearest tube is Archway and the easiest way to get to the Cemetery from Islington and northern locations is to get to Highgate Hill and walk through Waterlow Park. There are buses running up Highgate Hill.
Entrance to the West Cemetery costs £10, and we think that tickets bought today for the East Cemetery may be offsettable against the £10, so those who came today should bring their receipts.
We are hoping for a golden October, but just in case, bring your umbrella, and a sketching stool.
Sue's mobile number for the day is:07975864142