Tuesday, 24 May 2016
New Update - St Andrew Church, Enfield
St Andrew's Enfield is a Church of England church in Enfield, London. It's a grade II listed building with the church nave and tower dating from the 16th century -
Many more updates to come over the summer, enjoy the weather and get exploring.
Tuesday, 8 March 2016
New Update - St Andrew Church, Bramfield
There is evidence to suggest that a church has been on the site of St Andrew since the seventh century and parts of the present structure do indeed date from the Saxon and the Norman era. The first recorded Rector was Thomas A Becket who was martyred in 1170.
Plenty more updates to come and places we plan to visit over the upcoming Summer months. Should you have any suggestions of interesting graveyards, burial grounds or cemeteries please get in contact via the site - http://www.darkdestiny.co.uk/contact.html
Wednesday, 6 January 2016
New Update - St James Church, Enfield
Our first update of 2016.
St James Church was the first Anglican place of worship to be established in the parish of Enfield in addition to the parish church. It was built by subscription as a chapel of ease on land given by Woodham Connop and consecrated on 15 October 1831 by the Bishop of London, Charles Blomfield.
Just around the corner from St James Church and Hertford Road Cemetery is the site of the infamous 1978 Enfield Poltergeist in Green Street. The story of the hauntings had connections to a graveyard in the 2015 three part TV drama series. We would imagine those connections are linked to the Cemetery rather then the graveyard.
Many more updates to come in the weeks ahead, stay tuned.
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Tuesday, 22 December 2015
New Update - St Ippolyts Church
St Ippolyts church is located in the village of the same name between the A602 (Stevenage Road) and the B656 (Codicote Road), two kilometres south-east of Hitchin, Hertfordshire. It lies approximately 80 metres above sea level in a gap in the Chiltern Hills.
There has been a church on this site for over 900 years.
This is our last update of 2015 but there's plenty more to come next year. We have covered many miles throughout the year especially in north and east London and have stumbled upon several unexpected locations which have formed historic links between previously unknown places. Much of what we photographed has yet to be published but the Winter months will allow us to catch up on that aspect while we wait for the better weather to hit the road once more.
A quick reminder, our aim is to achieve a photographic record of historic monuments and significant/interesting places of internment in both Cemeteries and Churchyards. To capture this aspect of our history while it still remains.
Many thanks to my brother in-law and driver Paul who is working on a book of English Workhouses and Schools many of which interlink with DDP's subject matter.
We hope everyone has a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Sunday, 29 November 2015
New Update - Adath Yisroel Burial Ground
The Adath Yisroel Jewish Burial Ground is located in Carterhatch Lane, Enfield, London. While not in our usual vein of Victorian interest it is a fascinating and atmospheric burial ground especially in the early morning light with the winter sun still low in the sky.
Historic information on this burial ground seems almost non-existent and just about the only information we can gain is that it appears to date from the 1920's or before.
Many more updates in the pipeline.
Monday, 26 October 2015
New Update - Tottenham Park Cemetery
Established as a paupers cemetery in 1912 Tottenham Park is now largely a Muslim burial ground. Most original graves from it's formative years would of been unmarked and probably have now been re-used.
Speaking with a lady visitor during our visit it would appear that a disagreement between Church/local authority and the owners resulted in a parting of ways and the Cemetery becoming Muslim only.
A few C of E graves still survive in small clusters around the northern side of the ground along with the centrally positioned Gothic Chapel in a bad state of dereliction.
Plenty more interesting updates still to come this year so don't stray too far!
Tuesday, 6 October 2015
New Update - Edmonton Cemetery
Edmonton Cemetery in North London opened in 1884 and is still open for new internments today. The land originally belonged to the Church Commissioners and was once used as an airfield.
A long straight drive from the entrance leads to the stone mortuary chapels which are linked by a carriage arch mounted with a spire.
As Summer ends, so Autumn begins, my favourite time of year. If the sun is still shining then it make for some great colourful photos. We still have a few places left on our list to visit before the grey months of Winter arrive, so keep checking back.
Wednesday, 26 August 2015
New Update - St Etheldreda's Church, Hatfield
St Etheldreda's Church was founded by the monks from Ely, and the first wooden church, built in 1285, was probably sited where the existing building stands overlooking the old town.
More updates to come in the next few months, please let us know of any interesting/long forgotten burial grounds you may be aware of. You can contact us via the online form -
Tuesday, 14 July 2015
New Update - St Mary the Virgin, Little Wymondley
A long overdue update on Dark Destiny, The Church of St Mary the Virgin, Little Wymondley.
The original church on this site, in the Hertfordshire village of Little Wymondley, was dedicated to St Peter. It was built in the middle twelfth century and was later linked to the Priory in the thirteenth century.
Next update within a month I hope, so in the mean time enjoy the summer weather and get out into the open and explore, you never know what you might find.
Wednesday, 27 May 2015
New Update - Chingford Mount Cemetery
Chingford Mount Cemetery, East London was established in 1884 by the same company who owned the now congested Abney Park Cemetery in north London. The site purchased was known as the Mount Caroline Estate, so-called after the wife of the land owner.
In 1975 new owners made an application to build houses on the unused portion of the cemetery, inline with fierce opposition from locals the application was duly rejected. As a consequence the cemetery became neglected with both it's chapel and lodges becoming victim to vandals and eventually the lodges were gutted and the chapel burnt to the ground with the loss of nearly all it's records.
Chingford Mount is perhaps best known as the last resting place for the East End Gangsters the Kray Twins. The Kray family plot contains the graves of Ronnie & Reggie, brother Charlie, parents Violet & Charlie and Reggies first wife Frances Kray.
Another update coming within the next couple of weeks.
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