tue03dec6:30 pmtue7:30 pmBritish Cemeteries: a Georgian InventionIn-person lecture by Roger Bowdler6:30 pm - 7:30 pm 6 Fitzroy SquareBook Now

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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 IV’s reign. This talk is based on a forthcoming book on British cemeteries, co-written with Brent Elliott, to be published by Liverpool University Press.

The talk starts at 6.30pm, doors open from 6.15pm.

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(Tuesday) 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm


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