The Royal Parks photo, suitably labelled “Victorian hearse being pulled by decorated horses,” marks the completion of the £6.2 million National Lottery-funded restoration of the Brompton Cemetery in West London this week.
The restoration project, which has lasted 4 years, received a £4.5m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and BIG Lottery Fund (BLF), an £1.7m investment from The Royal Parks, the charity which manages the cemetery, as well as donors and support from The Friends of Brompton Cemetery charity.
The photo draws focus to the beautifully decorated horses, which are seen pulling the hearse through the cemetery.
The restoration has unleashed architectural splendour, hidden heritage gems and still manages to retain the historic landscape and wildlife which have provided a sanctuary for local communities for decades.
Arthur Tait, Chairman of The Friends of Brompton Cemetery, thanked volunteers and donors for their generosity. He stated that they have “helped [to transform] this cemetery into a true community asset where families can relax, and people with a wide variety of interests can enjoy themselves amid its wonderful history.”