The timeline below outlines the history of one of Highgate’s most foundational landmarks. While it originated as an alternative space for the copious amount of London’s dead, shortly after its opening in 1839, Highgate Cemetery became a highly sought after resting place as well as a popular tourist attraction due to its combination of natural beauty and exclusivity.Much like the living residents of Highgate, the cemetery is home to many wealthy and prominent peoples. Over the years, the Highgate community has rallied financial support to preserve the cemetery and maintain its pristine status. The cemetery’s classist exclusivity plays into the larger perception of Highgate’s identity as an exceptional subsection of London.
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