The East End Has Its Own Magnificent Cemeteries

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Last Updated 03 July 2017

The East End Has Its Own Magnificent Cemeteries

Just north of the Whitechapel Road lie two verdant oases: the Brady Street and Alderney Road cemeteries. These are among the oldest Jewish cemeteries in London.

A recent book by photographer Louis Berk captures the beauty of these little-known plots, which are slowly returning back to nature.

A sea of green alkanet envelopes a small headstone.
Winter fog envelops the Brady Street cemetery.
End-of-winter sunset at Brady Street.
Another winter scene at Brady Street.
The harp on this Brady Street headstone may indicate a musician.
Headstones among the trees at Brady Street.

London's grand cemeteries such as Highgate and Nunhead are justifiably famous. Berk's book reminds us that our city also harbours many smaller burial grounds, which are full of character and charm while retaining a quiet dignity.

East End Jewish Cemeteries: Brady Street and Alderney Road by Louis Berk is out now from Amberley Books. Buy direct from author or from Amazon. Check the author's website for details of the book launch and other events.