A Secret Victorian Pet Cemetery Lies In Hyde Park

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A SECRET PET CEMETERY LIES IN HYDE PARK

WORDS BY RASHI WADHERA

Most of history focuses on people, not Cherry the Maltese Terrier. But the Victorian pet cemetery in Hyde Park owes its origins to the canine who liked the garden of the Victoria Lodge so much that the gatekeeper, a Mr. Winbridge, buried Cherry in the garden as a favour to his owners. The tombstone says “Poor Cherry. Died April 28. 1881.”

By the time the cemetery closed in 1903, there were close to 300 dogs and cats buried in it. Although present day London has a host of burial sites for your pets, the Hyde Park pet cemetery is a rarity because the tombstones read exactly the way they did at the time of burial, with terms of endearment and date of death.

The well-preserved and protected cemetery (public access is rare) situated in Hyde Park is a huge part of Victorian London and especially emotional for any pet-lover. You can contact Royal Parks for a visit, which will set you back £50 for six people and will depend on the type of tours they’re organising. Alternatively, walking by the gated site can give you a slight glimpse.

The cemetery is located behind Victoria Gate, adjoining Bayswater Road. Find out more about the possibility of access at the Royal Park website.

Feature photo by Leonard Bentley [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Flickr

 
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