The cemetery is famous not just for the people buried there but also as a nature reserve. Entry to the West cemetery which is the oldest part is by guided tour only. However for a small fee (£4) the public can wander around the East cemetery which is where these photos were all taken.
There is a cultivated wildness to the cemetery. The trees, shrubs and wild flowers add to the beauty and serenity of the grounds. Here are some of the more famous graves that can be seen in the East cemetery:
The family grave of Karl Marx (philosopher and socialist) 1814-81
Philip Gould (1950-2011) Labour Peer and political advisor
Anna Mahler (sculptor and daughter of the composer Gustav Mahler)
Jim Horn (1976-2010) 'Avid reader but not a partner in the firm'
Douglas Adams (Author of The Hitchhiker's guide to the Galaxy)
Harry Thornton (1883-1918) Pianist
Malcolm McLaren (1946-2010) Rock artist, clothes designer and original manager of The Sex Pistols
Jeremy Beadle (1948-2008) TV presenter and writer
Patrick Caulfield (1936-2005) Pop artist
Richard Smith (1836-1900) Miller who patented Hovis high wheatgerm flour process
George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans — the name on the grave is Mary Ann Cross) novelist