Brompton Cemetery is one of London’s Magnificent Seven garden cemeteries, built in a ring around the capital in the 1830s to ease the city’s overcrowded graveyards and provide public green space.
Today it combines monuments, trees and wildlife, together with 35,000 gravestones, stoned arcades, catacombs and a chapel. The site is also a popular habitat for wildlife. Look carefully and you may see a wide variety of bats, amphibians, invertebrates, moths and birds, as well as more than 60 species of tree.
The cemetery is the resting place of a number of well-known people. Suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst, eighteenth-century gentleman boxer John Jackson, and cricket champion John Wisden are all buried here. Some of the names on gravestones may seem familiar for a different reason. The cemetery inspired local children’s writer, Beatrix Potter, with names for some of her characters.
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Brompton Cemetery is recognised as a site of special historic interest. The cemetery is Grade I listed on Historic England’s Register of Historic Parks and Gardens. It is the only cemetery in the country owned by the Crown and managed by The Royal Parks on behalf of the nation. It is also listed as a Site of Nature Conservation.