In the heart of Hampstead, North London is an historic and picturesque burial ground, attached to Hampstead Parish Church. Consecrated in 1812 you will find here the graves of the famous, the infamous, the ordinary and the not so ordinary.
The present Hampstead Parish Church, built in 1745, was surrounded by an existing burial ground. By 1812 this burial ground was full and the Additional Burial Ground was consecrated in what was a field across the road.
Graves include Eliza Acton (Delia Smith’s favourite cookery writer), Joseph Jordan (convicted of body snatching), Henry Kippin (the last of three generations of chimney sweeps), and Eva Gore-Booth (suffragette, pacifist and labour activist). There are also eight war graves – six of soldiers from the First World War and two from the Second World War.
Resources for schools
A graveyard is a microcosm of local history. The lives of local people can also be an inspiration for teachers and school children studying a range of subjects within the National Curriculum and various resources for teachers were created for a school project to coincide with the 200th anniversary of the consecration of the Additional Burial Ground. We will be running another schools project in 2014 to coincide with the outbreak of World War One, called Community@War.
The 200th anniversary of the Additional Burial Ground
Community@War is another primary school project exploring how the First World War impacted the local community. Research is being done in 2013 to be ready to send to schools who have signed up for this project in January 2014. It will then be uploaded to this site and other schools will be welcome to use it.
A haven for wildlife
This graveyard is also a haven for wildlife and contains an interesting range of flora and fauna.
Enjoy exploring the richness and diversity of the ABG and come and visit us.
This post was last updated on August 19th, 2013.