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Brief description of site

The site covers 14.5 hectares and is divided into two parts: Highgate West Cemetery covers some 7 hectares of steeply sloping ground, whilst Highgate East Cemetery, about 7.5 hectares, is on gently sloping ground, falling from north-west to south-east. Features include winding drives and paths, shrubberies, statuary, terraces, entrance gates, chapel, lodge and an Egyptian Avenue.

Brief history of site

The cemetery was founded by the London Cemetery Company. The West Cemetery was opened in 1839, and extended in 1854 when the East Cemetery was created. The buildings were designed by J B Bunning and S Geary, and the landscaping by David Ramsay.

Location information:

Address: Highgate Cemetery, Swain's Lane, Highgate, London, N6 6PJ

Locality: London

Local Authorities:

Greater London; Camden

Historical County: Middlesex

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 176 Grid Ref: TQ284870
Latitude: 51.5673 Longitude: -0.148843


Nearest tube station - Archway.

Visitor facilities

Opening contact details:

The site is open daily. Guided tours are available. Please see: or telephone 020 8340 1834

Key information:

Form of site: cemetery

Purpose of site: cemetery

Context or principal building: cemetery

Site first created: 1839 to 1854

Main period of development: Early 19th century

Survival: Part: standing remains

Site Size (Hectares): 14.5

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