Nunhead Cemetery Walk by Adam Swaine
Nunhead Cemetery is the second largest of London’s Magnificent Seven cemeteries, and probably the wildest. Almost 270,000 people are buried here, dating back as far as 1840
OK, the cemetery cost a lot more to build, but in 1975 it was bought for £1.
The London Cemetery Company, which had originally owned it, went bankrupt and passed the cemetery into to the ownership of the United Cemetery Company (UCC) in 1960. The UCC couldn’t run the cemetery profitably, so closed it in 1969, locked the gates, and left it to wrack and ruin.
In 1975, Southwark Council bought the site for £1, although very little was done with it until the late 1990s when it was awarded Lottery funding, allowing the Friends of Nunhead Cemetery to renovate and restore it.
Much of the cemetery is still wild as a result of being left untended for years, with many paths and gravestones inaccessible