Monuments Of Kensal Green

The General Cemetery of All Souls, Kensal Green, boasts one of the finest collection of funerary monuments in the world, with 153 Grade II* or Grade II Listed in the national register of buildings of special architectural or historic interest. A great many more also mark the graves of notable personalities, or appeal as sculpture in their own right. The Friends of Kensal Green Cemetery are regularly involved in the restoration and conservation of monuments throughout the cemetery.

IHS

(Christogram, a monogram or abbreviation for the name of Jesus, in Greek characters) and grapes, both ancient Christian symbols.

Clasped Hands

Symbol of fidelity, loyalty and affection unto death and beyond;this and many other symbols commonly found on funeral monuments also has strong Masonic associations.

Bird

A symbol of the soul flying free of the body; the dove, superficially, also represents both peace and the Holy Spirit.

Downturned torches or flambeaux

Symbol of life being extinguished.

Veiled Urn

An allusion to the veneration of cremated remains in ancient Rome.

Broken Column

Symbol of a life cut short, or the loss of the head of the family.

Beehive

Symbol variously of community, teamwork, industry, perseverance and selflessness; also of purity and chastity, and ultimately (on account of the hive’s annual hibernation) of rebirth and resurrection.

Monuments by Profession

Military

Cartoonists and Illustrators

Architects

Music Hall and Circuses

Collectors and Curators

Painters and Sculptors

Musicians and Composers

Actors and Singers

Writers and Publishers

Kensal Green Founders

Science and Engineering

Royalty and Aristocracy