The Georgian Group Lecture: British Cemeteries - A Georgian Invention

3rd Dec, 2024
6, Fitzroy Square, London

We tend to think of cemeteries as Victorian, but their origins lie much earlier. There are two key phases: first, urban growth around 1700 demanded new burial provision and a pioneering wave of Anglican burial grounds started to join the cemeteries of dissenters and Jews. Later, influenced by Père Lachaise, new cemeteries were opened by private enterprise from the 1820s. The Georgian churchyard tradition supplied many of the tomb types, ensuring a strong element of continuity. The resulting funeral landscapes like Kensal Green (opened 1833) represent some of the key achievements of William IVs reign. This talk is based on a forthcoming book on British cemeteries, co-written with Brent Elliott, to be published by Liverpool University Press.
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