The Garden Guide

Book: London and Its Environs, 1927
Chapter: 48 Hampstead and Highgate

Highgate Cemetery 1

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On the other side of the road lies WATERLOW PARK, presented to the public in 1889 by Sir Sydney Waterlow (1822-1906). The park includes the old Lauderdale House (renovated in 1893 and now used as a refreshment room), once the seat of the Duke of Lauderdale, the notorious minister of Charles II., who is said to have lent it frequently to Nell Gwynn. Its old terraced garden is attractive; a sundial at the south corner of the lawn is on a level with the top of the dome of St. Paul's. At the south-west corner of the park a gate opens on Swain's Lane, close to the entrances to the two parts of Highgate Cemetery . On the left, below Waterlow Park, is the newer portion of the cemetery. Following the main avenue here towards the east and taking the left branch at the fork, we reach the tomb of Herbert Spencer (1820-1903), on the left, just before the walk turns south, near the east wall. Retracing our steps and following the first side-path to the north, we notice a grey granite obelisk marking the tomb of George Eliot (1819-80). Behind this is a monument surmounted by a bust, indicating the grave of George Jacob Holyoake (1817-1906), the co-operator and social reformer. Recrossing the main avenue we take the path downhill and then the fourth turning on the left. Here in the third row on the right, circa 10 yards east, is the grave of Karl Marx (1818-83), the famous author of 'Das Kapital.' Instead of following Swain's Lane, visitors are recommended to walk through the older portion of the cemetery to the terrace behind the church, which commands a fine prospect of London. The tomb of Michael Faraday (1791-1867) is easily found against the east wall about halfway up; near the gate at the north-east corner of the cemetery, a broken column marks the grave of Lillywhite (1792-1854), the cricketer; and farther west, near the church, is the red granite tomb of Mrs. Henry Wood (1814-87). Lord Lyndhurst (1772-1863) also is buried in this older portion.