25 Oct 2014

A Spooky Stroll

I've been so caught up with work recently that I've not really embraced feeling seasonal and have barely even thought about Halloween, which is so very unlike me.  To try and evoke the excitement that I usually feel at the time of the year, Kyle and I took the time to go and peruse a local fancy dress shop.  It suddenly occurred to me as we were walking towards the shop, that not far from where we were is a really old and rather spooky cemetery, full of ivy, brambles, catacombs and tombstones which dated as far back as 1836.  Where else would be more appropriate to get into the Halloween spirit?




It was a gloomy day, grey and slightly drizzly, which only emphasised the dark and eerie nature of the cemetery. It is not just a great walk for Halloween though, as it is a seriously fascinating place.  I find it so very interesting to see who these people were and what they did upwards of one hundred years ago, from poets to politicians and sportsmen to soldiers.

We ambled around the winding paths for a while, taking in the surroundings.  There were occasional rustlings in the fallen leaves amongst the gravestones, which initially as you can imagine, had me a little concerned, I was after all trying to feel 'halloweeny'.  Turns out it wasn't someone or something following us, rather squirrels just going about their business.  If you think squirrels making me jumpy is ridiculous, you should see me watching a horror film, good grief...


Reading up about the cemetery afterwards, I found out that it is actually a Grade II listed park, a conservation area, nature reserve (that explains all of the squirrels!) and an Area of Natural History Interest.  What I found the most interesting was that George Bassett, the founder of the Bassett company who created Liquorice Allsorts is buried there!  No surprise that I thought that was cool, I'm always guided by my stomach.


Cemeteries aren't everyone's cup of tea, but there is something different about this one, perhaps because of quite how old it is which makes it such an intriguing and captivating place to explore.




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  1. I find older cemeteries really beautiful in a creepy sort of way. This one would be perfect for a Halloween-themed shoot or something! Lovely photos, Anya :)

    xx Mimmi, Muted Mornings

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    1. Thank you. I completely agree, they're so peaceful and interesting. I totally will consider doing that next year!! x

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  2. I find are cemeteries beautiful places - there's just something about them, and your photos have definitely captured that beauty! The history is also fascinating, and it is interesting to think about the lives that the people buried their led. x

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    1. Oh thanks so much. Yeah definitely, so much history in this one in particular too x

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  3. Never thought I'd ever write this but 'I love that cemetery'...we used to visit quite a lot when we were 'home'.

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    1. Haha I know what you mean. It is so lovely there. x

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  4. I quite enjoy walking around cemeteries, I find them quite interesting. We visited one when we went to Stockholm, it was set in a big evergreen forest (tree name has escaped me right now) and I can imagine it looking really awesome in the snow. Some of the graves were really really old and it's fascinating how old they are sometimes, also when there are families all together, it's a little bit of their history.

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    1. Oh wow, I'd love to see one in a forest, I bet that's really atmospheric. x

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