Time trail 12: Gravestones, Nunhead

A cemetery is a good place for looking at building stones. Typical London building stones can be seen in the Anglican Chapel and the entrance gates at Nunhead Cemetery, but the main interest lies in the gravestones where different examples of granite abound, many still looking fresh despite their Victorian installation. Marbles have not fared so well and it is informative to compare weathering on the different types of stones. The bed-rock is the 50-million-year-old London Clay with temporary exposures on newly dug graves.

Nearest train station: Nunhead
Distance: 1 km (0.63 miles)

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