Eggbut Snaffle (rhodamine) wrote in urban_decay,
Eggbut Snaffle

The London Necropolis Railway

The surviving entrance to the private station at 121 Westminster Bridge Road...

"...During the first half of the 19th century, London's population more than doubled and the number of London corpses requiring disposal was growing almost as fast.

Cemetery space in the city had failed to keep pace with this growth, and so the vast new Brookwood Cemetery - the London Necropolis - was built in Surrey. Brookwood was the largest burial ground in the world when it was opened in 1854 by the London Necropolis & National Mausoleum Company.

To get there, the deceased and their mourners - segregated by class - could catch a train from Westminster. The Necropolis Railway survived until World War 2, when it was heavily damaged. The railway was subsequently closed as motorised hearses became more popular..."

[...the rest of the photos/commentary are here...]

The platform of North Station
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