Necropolis Line

London has several transport links, but did you know that there was one that used to carry dead people and their mourners?

The London Necropolis Railway was opened in 1854 and carried coffins from the Waterloo station to Brookwood cemetery. There were separate hearse cars for Anglicans and Dissenters, and three classes of carriage for the living and the dead.

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A First Class corpse received a higher level of customer care and nicely decorated carriage. Trains ran straight into the cemetery grounds, there were two stations, each for different parts of the cemetery, North for Dissenters and South for Anglicans, adjacent to the corresponding chapels. The South Station was licensed and in addition for funeral parties, offered afternoon tea to visitors strolling in the cemetery, it also operated as a pub, which did much to reconcile the locals to the giant cemetery on their doorstep.

Brookwood received the dead from overcrowded London parishes, in a series of subdivisions, many of which resemble old-fashioned churchyards with their hedges and lynch-gates. As well as accomodating Anglicans and Dissenters, Brookwood was one of the first cemeteries in Britain to offer burial facilities to Muslims and Sikhs.

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The two stations in the cemetery were demolished during the 1960s and the ruins later caught fire. The tracks were long since lifted away to be melted or reused elsewhere. In London, the entrance building to the private station at 121 Westminster Bridge Road remains largely intact, but the name Necropolis Cemetery Station that was once inscribed is no longer there.

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I love living in London, so many unusual things to discover that make a weirdo like me very happy!

Elle. xx

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Life after Death

Let’s face it, sooner or later we are all going to die. It is a very sad argument but the truth is that every breath you take brings you one closer to your last. Whether you believe in a spiritual afterlife, your body is what remains. Now, as we all know there are just a couple of ways to dispose of a dead body: being buried or being burned, both not very eco-friendly. But, living in an era where (almost) everything is possible, there are new “frontiers” to explore in this field.

I’ve recently found out two interesting projects which can bring your dead body back to life (sort of.)

The first one is an italian project called Capsula Mundi and is basically an egg-shaped pod made of biodegradable material, where our departed loved ones are placed for burial. Ashes will be held in small Capsulas while bodies will be laid down in a fetal position in larger pods. The pod will then be buried as a seed in the earth. A tree, chosen in life by the deceased, will be planted on top of it and serve as a memorial for the departed and as a legacy for posterity and the future of our planet.

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Personally, I really hope that this project can become a reality as I find it absolutely beautiful, being “remembered” in a sort of enchanted forest more than a sad and cold cemetery.

You can learn more about this project by clicking –HERE

The second one is called Infinity Burial Suit, a body suit you wear after death. The makers say that it “cleanses the body of toxins before returning it to nature,” and the human body is full of toxins. This garment has a built in bio mix ­ which is made up of two different types of mushrooms and other microorganisms that together do three things; aid in decomposition, work to neutralize toxins found in the body and transfer nutrients to plant life.


Click –HERE– if you want to discover more about this project.

These stunning projects changed my point of view on Death, thinking about it as a new “beginning”, a journey through the barriers of the animal, the mineral and the vegetable kingdom.

Elle. x