Friday, September 28, 2007

Saturday Photo Hunt - Original




Oh dear, another late one. Sorrry!!



This is a picture I took on a visit to Brookwood Cemetery last weekend. The cemetery was opened in Victorian times specifically for the purpose of burying London's dead, due to lack of space in the capital's graveyards. Trains ran from Waterloo Station directly into the cemetery and this length of railway track is taken from the original line.

The cemetery is a wonderful, peaceful place with lots of grand examples of Victorian 'over-the-top' splendour. Now it is a multi-cultural burial site, serving many different religions and races. The American Military section was used for the final scene in the 1976 film The Omen. There is also a section which contains a monastery, home to the Saint Edward Brotherhood. This was established in 1982 to prepare and care for the church in which the sacred relics of Saint Edward the Martyr, King of England, are enshrined. A small community of monks hold daily services, joined on Sundays and weekdays by a number of Orthodox believers residing in the area.

A few more pictures for your enjoyment:





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34 comments:

Corey~living and loving said...

what a beautiful place!!!!

karen said...

these are great pictures!

happy weekend!

hana said...

that's great!

very original idea for todays entry

ellen b said...

Oh man I'll have to put that on my list to see the next time we go to jolly old england...

Colin Campbell said...

Hello Chris

Haven't seen you around for a while. I see that you are a photo hunter too. I started last week.

I unreservedly apologise for my joke about old age. From now on I will only use moderately old farts rather than old farts.

Fantastic subject matter this week. What an interesting idea. Having your last ride to your grave on a train. Fantastic photographs.

Queen Of My Domain said...

Very pretty and serene looking place. Great take!

jams o donnell said...

Great shots. It's a wonderful place isn't it? I really should get on the train and get down there again. Happy weekend

PowersTwinB said...

Chirs, you did an outstanding job for this weeks theme of original! I loved that gorgeous angel headstone! My photo is up, please come and visit

Carver said...

What an interesting post and photographs. Very beautiful, historical, and original. Happy weekend.

tegdirb92 said...

beautiful!! Happy Saturday.

Dorid said...

oh, I love walking in the old victorian cemetaries and looking at all the old art... I used to LOVE taking the kids to Forrest Lawn in Buffalo when they were little. There was a duck pond in the middle that was left untouched from when it was a picnic park in 1901. And of course McKinley is buried there, and there's a monument to Cheif Redcoat.

It's nice to see someone else appreciates those old cemetaries... they're often full of beauty that most people don't look to see.

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Melli said...

Beautiful~ all of them! And another great idea! I'm really fascinated by the various things people have come up with for this week's theme!!!

Paulie said...

What a neat place -- loved hearing the history and it's definitely original. I made mine personally original. Thanks for coming to see it.

Jhoaniquing said...

nice historical places...very original..nice choice..
mine is up too.

Yen said...

WOW! Nice shots in there!
Mines up as well;)

Katya said...

This looks like a very beautiful cemetary, and yes, very Victorian! Very interesting about the train..
This was a very excellent entry for the theme! Thank you for sharing!

Andrée said...

That is a gorgeous place. The landscaping alone is outstanding, and contributes to the atmosphere. I'd love to visit; your photos are the next best thing.

Chris said...

Thanks everyone for your kind comments

grace said...

funeral trains, huh. Now that's original!

BlurMommy said...

Very interesting! Great photos for this week.

Sabine said...

Hi Chris, you've put up some really great photos there! Awesome original idea, riding by train to the grave...

Mama Bear June said...

Lovely photos!
Photo Hunters

Dragonheart said...

Wonderful photos. It looks like a very peacefuly place. Great entry for the Hunt.

My original photo.

Heather said...

Beautiful!

gwapasila said...

this are cool photos to share. Happy PH

mine is up at My Two Cents Worth and
The Four Seasons Of My Life I hope You can visit me too. TC

TeacherJulie said...

What a beautiful place. So peaceful and quiet. Very historical too. Funeral trains? That is so original.Thanks for sharing photos of these wonderful places. My daughter loves the one with a dome-like shape on top.

Have a great weekend! :)

jmb said...

You are back Chris, missed you last week.
These are lovely photos. I think cemeteries are very special places to visit. Thanks for sharing that.
regards
jmb

Polly said...

it really is the most beautiful cemetery I've ever visited! great shots :)

Chris said...

Thanks again everyone, especially those I couldn't link back to.

CRIZ LAI said...

This is the first time I see such a well maintain cemetery as well as beautiful tombstone. Thanks for sharing :)

Siani said...

Great pics. London certainly has some fascinating old cemeteries.

Jonzz said...

Wow, that's a very beautiful place, considering it's a cemetary. Nice shots!

Liz said...

I love cemeteries. Some of them anyway. Our local one is very beautiful and peaceful.

London Necropolis Company?!

Delmonti said...

In the new Lightbox museum in WOking they have a section devoted to Brookwood Cemetery.

I was thinking about trotting over there to take some moody photos....