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Brompton Cemetery was just one of a whole rash of cemeteries built in London during the early 19th-century. The city was suffering from a severe shortage of burial space at the time – with bodies packed in the floors of chapels, crammed-in inches from their neighbours. People had even started to complain of the stench during the hot summer months, so the Government stepped in to alleviate the crush.
They authorised the construction of seven large commercial cemeteries around the edge of the city, the most famous being Kensal Green and Highgate.
Whilst Brompton Cemetery does not have the same pull as its illustrious cousins, it does contain a chapel based on St. Peter’s in Rome. Its most famous body is that of Emmeline Pankhurst – a leading Suffragette who fought to win women the vote.
Other famous names include Mr Nutkin, Mr McGregor and Tommy Brock – all names to be found in the works of Beatrix Potter. It seems that she spent an inordinate amount of time walking around the cemetery, and used the graves for inspiration!
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