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Highgate Cemetery

Highgate Cemetery
Friends of Highgate Cemetery Trust
Swain's Lane, London N6 6PJ

Opened in 1839, Highgate Cemetery in north London is designated Grade I on the Historic England Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in England. It is arguably the UK's most celebrated cemetery with stunning architecture and hundreds of memorials dedicated to notable people buried over the last 180 years.

Highgate is one of the 'Magnificent Seven' London cemeteries, a term applied to some of the finest 19th century historic cemeteries in the capital originally built by private developers to alleviate over-crowding in existing parish and church burial grounds. With Highgate, Deceased Online now has four of the Magnificent Seven cemeteries' records exclusively available; the other three being Brompton, Kensal Green and Nunhead with records for another arriving in 2017.

Highgate Cemetery's website describes this wonderful place as follows:
"One of England's greatest treasures; Highgate Cemetery has some of the finest funerary architecture in the country. It is a place of peace and contemplation where a romantic profusion of trees, memorials and wildlife flourish."

The Friends of Highgate Cemetery Trust has an excellent website with a lot of information and we recommend that readers visit this for further information about the Cemetery's history or if they would like to know about visiting. See:

Records available:
All records for the period May 1839 to August 2010* are available which is a total of 159,863 individual burials. The records available comprise:
- digital scans of original registers
- grave details indicating all those buried in each grave
- section location maps for graves (unfortunately, maps for a few graves are not available). Please note the important information below:

*Records for 1863-1865 are limited to just a name.

Important information: please note

West Cemetery
RESTRICTED ACCESS! Avoid a wasted journey: Highgate Cemetery West is closed to the public. You cannot visit a grave without an appointment. See

East Cemetery
Finding a grave is harder than you think! Avoid a wasted journey: book a grave search at

Even with the maps on Deceased Online, it is not easy. Some areas are overgrown and inaccessible. There may not be a monument on the grave you are looking for.

If you do visit, beware of unsafe monuments and trip hazards. Please do not remove any vegetation to access or view a grave. Admission charges apply unless you are the registered owner AND you have a pass.
See our cemetery rules at

Notable burials
Among the hundreds of notable and famous people buried in Highgate are the following:

  • Douglas Adams, author of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and other novels
  • Farzad Bazoft, journalist, executed by Saddam Hussein's regime
  • Jeremy Beadle, television presenter
  • Charles Cruft, founder of Crufts dog show
  • Catherine Dickens, wife of Charles Dickens
  • George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans -- the name on the grave is Mary Ann Cross), novelist
  • Michael Faraday, chemist and physicist
  • Lucian Freud, painter
  • John Galsworthy, author and Nobel Prize winner (cremated ashes scattered, memorial only)
  • Stella Gibbons, novelist, author of Cold Comfort Farm
  • Anatoly Kuznetsov, Soviet writer
  • Bert Jansch, Scottish folk musician
  • Karl Marx, philosopher, historian, sociologist and economist
  • Malcolm McLaren, punk impresario and original manager of the Sex Pistols
  • Sir Ralph Richardson, actor
  • Anthony Shaffer, playwright, screenwriter and novelist
  • Jean Simmons, actress

Note: to comply with UK data protection and GDPR, addresses of the deceased are masked in register scans for the last 15 years.

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