Anthony J Sargeant, School

Celtic Cross in Nunhead Cemetery in South London – Close to Haberdashers’ Aske’s Games Fields


Nunhead Cemetery was built by Victorian entrepreneurs to meet the need for burial space in the rapidly growing city where traditional church graveyards were already full. From 1955-62 Tony Sargeant walked past the cemetery every week because it was on the route from his school playing fields and Nunhead Railway Station from which he caught the train home. Earlier this year he visited the Cemetery for the first time in 54 years and was delighted to find this wonderful haven for wildlife. A vast area it was closed in the 1960s when the company went into liquidation but was brought back to life by many volunteers and is now open to the public as a beautiful green space full of flora and fauna close to the centre of London. It is well worth a visit. Allowed to be overgrown and with a view to maintaining natural habitats it reminded Tony a little of the scene in Sleeping Beauty when the Prince arrives at the forest that has grown up around the Palace. Just wonderful – if you get a chance to visit you should not miss the opportunity for a nature walk and full of interest. It is close to Nunhead Railway Station



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