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London Necropolis: Novo Cemetery in Mile End

Monday, October 3, 2016 0:58
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Before Samhain – or Halloween – for the past few years I’ve been posting a series of photos of London’s burial grounds under the title London Necropolis – a Necropolis being a city of the dead. This October I’m continuing the thread. These photographs show Novo Cemetery, which is within the grounds of Queen Mary University of London, on Mile End Rd in East London.

I visited QMUL back in March for fascinating day of talks called Worlds of Witchcraft: Comparing African and European Histories of the Occult. I took the pictures of Novo Cemetery before the event in early spring – as you can tell by the daffodils growing on the graves.

The Novo Cemetery is Grade II listed on the Register of Historic Parks and Gardens because it is the last remaining bit of one of Britain’s historic Jewish cemeteries. It was one of the first to be built after the 1650s when Jews were – after centuries – finally allowed to openly practice their religion and burial rites in England. One of the interesting things about it is that it doesn’t have upright memorials, which symbolises the fact that we are all equal in death.


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