I first visited Whitby in 2015. I had always wanted to visit the place due to its connection to my favourite vampire and incarnation of his story…Dracula by Bram Stoker. I wanted to see the abbey and churchyard and its surroundings and experience why it inspired Stoker to include both sites in his book. I quickly became captivated by the place that I returned again in 2017.
Cremation, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, is the “disposal of a dead person’s body by burning it to ashes, typically after a funeral ceremony”. It is the “combustion, vaporisation and oxidation of cadavers to basic chemical compounds, such as gases, ashes and mineral fragments” (Wikipedia).
Here on Graveyard Junkies you might see us reference ‘The Magnificent Seven’ a lot. As both of us are from the UK and have at some point in our lives lived in London, it is not a foreign term to us but it may be for others. We’re not talking about the 1960s (or most recently 2016) Western films, but a group of Victorian cemeteries situated in the London boroughs.
I first found out about the Brompton Time Machine last October when my good friend John invited me to join him on a candle-lit reading event of stories by M. R James in the chapel at Brompton Cemetery as part of the London Month of the Dead in 2015. Continue reading