On 1 November 2009 the British Cemetery in Madrid was open to the public on the occasion of All Souls Day. The cemetery was founded in 1854 in Carabanchel and is an important monument in the history o
On 1 November 2009 the British Cemetery in Madrid was open to the public on the occasion of All Souls Day. The cemetery was founded in 1854 in Carabanchel and is an important monument in the history of the British community in Madrid and other foreign people who chose to be buried there.
An important reason why the British Cemetery also has other nationals and members of different religions denominations buried there was because in the past non Catholics were not allowed to be buried in Spanish cemeteries. However, some people also just wanted to be buried in this small and quiet cemetery.
Photographers would be interested to know that Charles Clifford, who was born in Wales and died in Madrid 1863 aged 43 years, made his career as a photographer in Spain and is now buried in the British cemetery. One of his achievements was to photograph Madrid from a hot air balloon.
David Butler M.B.E. and author of “Historical account of the British Cemetery” and a member of the British Cemetery Committee also kindly pointed out to me the first grave of the cemetery which is that of Arthur William Bough, who died in 1844 at the age of 19 years. (the grave with the Excalibur)
The official website of the cemetery also mentions some other famous people buried in the British Cemetery for example, “the founder of the Circo Price, the founder of Restaurante Lhardy, the Loewe family (leather goods and accessories), the Brooking family (jewellery)...”
The Cemetery is owned by the British Government and run by the British Cemetery Committee.
More details from:
The British Cemetery, Madrid: http://www.britishcemeterymadrid.com/
"Friends of the British Cemetery": British Consulate General in Madrid
Source: the official website of the British Cemetery, Madrid and my conversation with David Butler M.B.E.
(Photos: taken with Nikon F80, Fuji Film Superia x-tra 400 iso, commercially processed and scanned, and colour managed in Capture NX. In some photos I over saturated the image to show the information on the tomb stones.)