Highgate Cemetery East, Swain's Lane, London

This section of Highgate Cemetery covers 19 acres and was opened in 1860 after the west section became full.  It is now managed by a charity, the Friends of Highgate Cemetery Trust, and is run for public benefit, not for profit.  A small charge is made for access.  It is still open for new burials.

An attractive statue of an angel holding a bowl of fruit.

A lovely depiction of a dog on the grave of Alfred George Gardiner and Violet Gardiner.

Bruce Reynolds was one of the Great Train Robbers.  In 1963 he and his gang stole £2,631,684.  He was not arrested until 1968.  He agreed to plead guilty to the robbery and was sentenced to 25 years in prison.  He was released in 1978.  He resumed criminal activities and served another 3 years in prison in the 1980s.

Memorial to Stephen Baron de Curbs, 1800-1892.  Also remembering his "mother whose remains were removed from the catacombs to this grave."

Lucien Stryk was born in Poland and died in London.  He became an American poet, and a translator of Buddhist literature and Zen poetry.  He was an English professor at Northern Illinois University

"Sinologist" and "Martial artist" are unusual interests to see recorded on memorials.

The grave of Karl Marx is perhaps the most famous one in this cemetery.  He was born in Trier, Germany.  He became a philosopher, economist, historian, sociologist, political theorist, journalist and socialist revolutionary.

Manuchehr Sabetian was an Iranian consulting surgeon.  He became consultant surgeon at London Welbeck Hospital in 1991.  He was the president of the Iranian Poets, Playwrights, Editors, Essayists and Novelists association in Exile.

Mansoor Hekmat Zhoobin Razani was an Iranian Marxist theorist, revolutionary and leader of the worker-communist movement. He was opposed to the Shah, and after the Islamic Revolution of 1979 he led the Worker-Communist Part of Iran, which is opposed to the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Simon Paul Wolff was a mechanical engineer at the forefront of the development of nuclear power in Britain.

Christopher Klevenhagen was a physicist, and wrote a textbook on the use of electron beams in radiotherapy.

Aged 100 years.

A very unusual memorial, for a Thornton family member.

Malcolm McLaren was an impresario, visual artist, performer, musician, clothes designer and boutique owner.

"Fireman's Corner" memorial was erected in 1934 by the London Fire Brigade Widows and Orphans Fund.

Jeremy Beadle was a TV presenter, writer and producer.

Patrick Caulfield, CBE, RA, was a painter and printmaker known for his bold canvasses.  He died on 29 September 2005.

John Henderson Smith was Captain of HNS Worcester at Swanscombe in Kent for over 25 years.  It was a naval training ship for cadets aged from 11 to 17 years old.  There is an image of the ship on this stone, obscured by the pink petunias.  The vault also remembers his wife Jessie and her sister Jane Ellis Ross.

Robert Grant was awarded the Victoria Cross "For conspicuous devotion at Alumbagh, on the 24th September, 1857, in proceeding under a heavy and galling fire to save the life of Private E. Deveney, whose leg had been shot away, and eventually carrying him safe into camp, with  the assistance of the late Lieutenant Brown, and some comrades."

He was just 20 years old, serving with the 5th Regiment of Foot during the Indian Mutiny.

Herbert Lewin Fergusson died in February 1916, thirteen months after receiving the severe wounds in action in France which led to his death.

Jim Stanford Horn (1976-2010) was an avid reader, but not a partner in Penguin books.

Philip Gould (March 1950-December 2011) was a British political consultant, and former advertising executive.  He was strategy and polling adviser to the Labour Party in five general elections between 1987 and 2005.