This Sunday, the City of London Cemetery will hold its first Open Day since 2006. The cemetery, out near Wanstead Flats, will put on displays of a more sepulchral nature than your typical garden fete. We're promised demonstrations of stone masonry and urn design, a chance to inspect a Victorian funeral cortège and renditions of 'most requested' funeral music from a brass band.
The cemetery is London's largest, spread out over 200 acres of elegant rose gardens and woodland walks. Regular tours will highlight the wildlife, landscaping and famous residents and a short film about the cemetery will be screened in the main chapel.
Best of all, though, is the opportunity to tour the crematorium. If you've never before considered the practicalities of incinerating a coffin and human body, this will be a real eye opener - especially when you reach the room where leftover 'organics' are ground down by stone balls and retrieved hip replacements are layered in buckets.
Click through the gallery above for a photo-tour of the cemetery and crematorium, and read a full account here.
The City of London Cemetery Open Day, Sunday 19 July, 10am-4pm. Entrance is free. The nearest station is Manor Park, a short ride out from Liverpool Street.