This led to some rich folk opening up private cemetaries to appeal to the middle-classes - these cemetaries became known as 'The Magnificent 7'.
They really are magnificent.
The great thing about these cemetaries is they have become a haven for wildlife. This week I was in Abney Park Cemetary in Stoke Newington wihch is stunning. If you ever have American visitors you must take them to one of these cemetaries - with America being such a large new country they don't have overgrown graveyards dating back hundreds of years and they're always impressed.
In Abney Park, as part of the conservation of the cemetary, the conservationists have included facts about the various flora and fauna
The gravestones are up to 150 years old and are works of art. I particularly like these ones that have been constructed to look like they have ivy trailing up them.
The great thing about these cemetaries is that they are interesting during any season. There's plenty to see in Autumn as masses of yellow leaves cover the ground and the Ferns and Ivy still cover the ground.
Ferns and Ivy
In the middle of Abney Park cemetary is this beautiful old gothic chapel which was the first nondenominational chapel in Europe (not linked to any one particular subsection of Christianity)
This Chapel also forms the backdrop in Amy Winehouse's video for 'Back to Black', the Title Track of her hugely succesful second album.
Amy Winehouse 'Back to Black'