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The Magnificent Seven: #4, Kensal Green Cemetery [20120115|19:26]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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Kensal Green Cemetery is the oldest and definitely the best kept of the Magnificent Seven. It makes photographing grave markers easier, but there's less of the haunting otherworldly atmosphere of the rest. You don't feel isolated from the city because there's no overgrowth to shield it from the sights and sounds of the surrounding area. Oddly, though, I didn't see another person aside from the rather morose chap in the tiny guard hut at the entrance while I was there. Most of the Magnificent Seven seem to be treated by the locals as parks, but this one feels more formal, possibly because it's still heavily used as a burial ground.























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[User Picture]From: anthrokeight
2012-01-15 22:19 (UTC)
The first figure looks like a Lalique hood ornament for a Rolls Royce.



don't blink not even while driving
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2012-01-16 10:55 (UTC)
It might have been designed by him. It was metal (unlike most of the other grave markers, which are stone). There are a number of sculptors interred in Kensal Green cemetery - it's possibly it could have been a friend or a relative!
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From: pbristow
2012-01-16 10:55 (UTC)
[BLINKS AT PENULTIMATE SHOT] Are they building a gasometer in a graveyard?!? =8oO

And the one before that: Angel kicks his legs in fustration - "Gimme back my head!"
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2012-01-16 11:37 (UTC)
It's the Kensington Gas Works. They're directly behind the cemetery. Being able to see them is a consequence of the lack of overgrowth!

I think Angel's posture makes him/her look quite sanguine about the missing head head.
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[User Picture]From: anokapolis
2012-01-16 12:04 (UTC)
I can see why some use it as a park, these are very well done and artsy.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2012-01-16 21:58 (UTC)
It's a beautiful place on a sunny day, although as I discovered, the lack of trees means that a sudden rain shower will guarantee a soaking. The nice thing about the other cemeteries (except Brompton) is that you can hide under a canopy of greenery even in winter because there's so much ivy!
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[User Picture]From: void150
2012-01-17 12:39 (UTC)
That fourth picture down... I painted a picture of that memorial a coupel of years ago.

I don't currently have a digital copy of it though, so that's as interesting as the anecdote will get.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2012-01-20 14:53 (UTC)
I hope no one gets overly zealous about tidiness and decides to clean the ivy off of it.

What happened to your painting? Did you sell it?
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[User Picture]From: void150
2012-01-23 12:23 (UTC)
Me too, although sooner or later I suppose the ivy will envelop the statue entirely and then it's inevitable.

No, I've not sold a paintign for a few years now; that one's hanging on my bedroom wall. I really ought to take more pictures of my artwork!
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