1st July 22
As part of Enrichment Week here at College, we took a visit to Highgate Cemetery to take a look at the abandoned cemetery and understand about the links between the class system and burials in historical London.
I particularly enjoyed visiting the catacombs and learning about the structure for the graves as well as the context as to why it was created and how the problem of high mortality rates in the early 19th century led to the design.
As well as the other famous influencers in the 19th century that led to the construction of graveyards such as Highgate, as London grew, more graveyards were needed in the 1820s, when the crisis began, specifically the upper classes needed more space as they would desire more elaborate graves. Another interesting part of the trip was being able to see Karl Marx’s remodelled grave as well as the original grave itself.
William M, Student