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Bath Abbey Cemetery, Somerset County, England.

Bath Abbey Cemetery, Somerset County, England

 

From Wikipedia:

 

"Bath Abbey Cemetery, officially dedicated as the Cemetery of St. Peter and St Paul (the patron saints that Bath Abbey is dedicated to), was laid out by noted cemetery designer and landscape architect John Claudius Loudon (1783–1843) in 1843 on a picturesque hillside site overlooking Bath, Somerset. The cemery was laid out between 1843 and 1844. The layout is a mixture of formal and informal arranged along a central avenue. It features a mortuary chapel, designed by Bath City Architect G. P. Manners in the then fashionable Norman Revival architectural style."

 

This cemetery is one of only 3 designed by John Clauidus Loudon.

 

Mr. Loudon was one of the main founders of the "garden cemetery" movement in England.

 

Also from Wikipedia:

 

"John Claudius Loudon (8 April 1783 – 14 December 1843) was a Scottish botanist, garden and cemetery designer, author and garden magazine editor.

 

His work on cemeteries was significant. Churchyards were becoming full, especially in urban areas, and new cemeteries were being opened by private enterprises. Loudon designed only three cemeteries (Bath Abbey Cemetery, Histon Road Cemetery, Cambridge, and Southampton Old Cemetery where the design was rejected)[2] but his writing was a major influence on other designers and architects of the period."

   

And from Andrew Gough's Arcadia website:

  

"London’s Elysian Fields owe much to another figure, and one who is tied to Kensal Green in a rather ironic way: John Claudius Loudon, an outspoken Scotsman, botanist and editor of a popular gardening magazine. Like many young men, Loudon embarked on the Grand Tour and learned of the intrinsic value of gardens in the schema of high society. In 1830 he reviewed The Mummy!, a book by an anonymous author. He eventually met the author, who revealed herself to be Jane Webb, an early pioneer of the science fiction genre. They married and her Egyptian-influenced novel, set in 2126 AD, would influence her husband’s work on London’s Elysian Fields for years to come. In 1843 Loudon published his own book, On the Laying Out, Planting and Managing of Cemeteries: and on the Improvement of Churchyards, and in the process established the standard for cemetery design that is still practised today. Ironically, Loudon is buried in the grounds of Kensal Green’s stunning 72-acre park; a cemetery he was critical of, but which inspired him to greatness. "

   

Mr. Gough's article is well worth a glance- some nice pictures too.

  

andrewgough.co.uk/memento2.html

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Taken on November 2, 2010