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Highgate Cemetery (EAST)

Fifteen years after London’s Highgate Cemetery opened in 1839, its desirability led the London Cemetery Company to purchase an additional 19 acres of land on the opposite side of Swain’s Lane. Whilst lacking the original burial ground’s gothic architecture, the eastern cemetery contains some curious and notable graves. Its most famous interment, Karl Marx, was originally buried in 1883 within an area reserved for those without a religion. He was reburied in 1954 and the site marked with an imposing 3.7 metre tall memorial. 

Other notable graves in the eastern cemetery include historian Eric Hobsbawm, impresario Malcolm McClaren, artist Patrick Caulfield and entertainer Jeremy Beadle. 

 

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