Thursday, 20 January 2011


The warmest of welcomes to anyone who has found their way onto this blog. I cannot vouch for the humour nor indeed the length and depth of each upcoming post over the coming months, however, I can for their honesty. I will be using this blog as a place to capture my thoughts, to map interests and hopefully develop both my own and the reader's understanding of the subject so that I may use it as an aide memoire in the future.

Whilst the overarching theme will be the cemeteries of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission the primary focus will be that of the architecture, with a nod towards the horticulture and the occassional daliance into other related aspects. I hope to explore the various architects, those well-known and those not so well-known, to look at influences, legacy and anything else that I have been considering.

I look forward to the journey and hope that anyone reading this takes some form of pleasure from doing so.


  1. I look forward to following your thoughts over the next few months Tim. There is something about these 'silent cities' that captivates almost everyone. The skill of the architect is evident in all cemeteries. I will be interested to read what you have to say about differing atmosphere in various cemeteries - I always find that those in woods (think Rifle House or Toronto Avenue) have a particularly nice 'feel' about them (very unscientific term!)

  2. This has the potential to become very interesting and thought provoking. I look forward to reading your posts.

  3. I Look forward to the blog.
    Should you wish to know, for example, which were designed by Sir Edward Lutyens, just enter his name in the Historical field here:

  4. Thank you all for your kind comments, I will do my utmost to justify them.

    Jeremy; the interesting thing is that there is always an atmosphere. It may well be down to the emotional baggage and awareness that one brings to the location, but it is always impacting. Interestingly, one of the most uncomfortable experiences I have had was in a cemetery partially in woodland, Becourt Military Cemetery.

    Andy; thank you very much, I do hope so.

    Geoff; thank you and I shall no doubt be using your splendid search engine.

  5. Good luck with this Tim, I will look forward to reading your entries.