Planned with the same passion as a landscape garden, filled with monuments that represented the start of the art of craftsmanship in stone, and equipped with expensively constructed and fashionably designed gatehouses and chapels of rest, the Victorian cemetery was a matter of real civic pride. It was also the ultimate expression of the ‘cult of the dead’ that gripped every Victorian. This beautifully illustrated study of the Victorian cemetery tells the fascinating story of this historical and architectural phenomenon, which provided towns and cities with some of their most extraordinary, and charming, reminders of the sensibilities of an age long gone.
Introduction: Elysian Fields
Creating the Garden Cemetery
John Claudius Loudon
The Great Garden of Death, 1850–1901
Paradise Preserved? The Cemeteries Today
Places to Visit