The Victorian period has been described as the ‘Great Age of Death’. The customs of death, notably burial and mourning, were taken very seriously and elaborate rituals of commemoration were part of everyone’s lives. As demand grew for hygienic and dignified burial places, the humble parish graveyard – unable to cope – was joined by a newcomer to the landscape, the garden cemetery. Sarah Rutherford tells the story of Victorian cemeteries in their many guises, of the variation in their size, design, planting and monuments, and how most of them survive to this day. Some, having been neglected, taking on a gloomy Gothic character, while others remain an oasis of rest and contemplation. All are tangible reminders of the Victorian approach to death, and the author helps to remind us of the importance of their visual and architectural qualities.
Table Of Contents
Introduction: Elysian Fields Origins Creating the Garden Cemetery John Claudis Louden The Great Garden of Death, 1850-1901 Paradise Preserved? The Cemeteries Today Further Reading Places to Visit Index