London Walks (3): Kensal Green Cemetery

On the third day, I went to Kensal Green Cemetery through the West gate as well as the entrance of St Mary’s Roman Catholic Cemetery at 10. With the help from the staff at the kiosk, I got the map and instructions of where to find Wilkie’s grave. It was easy to find provided that it was in line with the Anglican Chapel.


Anglican Chapel

The epitaph is again, commemorating Wilkie Collins as the author of The Woman in White and the Moonstone. It was plain compared to other graves, especially the ones in front of and alongside the entrance of Anglican Chapel, which are just spectacular. Some have extravagant decorations and constructed as mausoleums. It reminds me of the lines of Ezra Jennings in The Moonstone of what he says before his death:

“Let my grave be forgotten. Give me your word of honour that you will allow no monument of any sort—not even the commonest tombstone—to mark the place of my burial. Let me sleep, nameless. Let me rest, unknown.”

On my way I encountered a man walking alone in the cemetery, he asked me which country I came from and mentioned about a cemetery (Carrownanty Cemetery?) in Ireland where many gypsies were buried with so much money spent by their families on the decorations of the graves; they were so shiny and white you had to wear sunglasses to look at them and you could take lots of photos there!

I really wish I could go on the guided tour next time. But be sure to prepare boots for walking! Glad if someone could tell me the background of these notable people resting there!

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Dissenters' Chapel
Dissenters’ Chapel
The Main Gate
The Main Gate