Here is a beautiful burial ground that needs no introduction - the famous All Saints of Fulham.
Like most people of my age group, I grew up with horror movies. If Christopher Lee wasn’t bearing his virgin blood stained gnashers on the telly then some poor family would be chased about an abandoned mansion by a poltergeist. Or I would be genuinely disturbed and frighted by Roald Dahl’s darker literature in Tales of the Unexpected.
And of course, there was Doctor Who. Those earlier episodes with Troughton, Pertwee and Tom Baker defending earth from all manner of aliens were definitely much more terrifying than the current ones, especially to a young lad trembling peeking at the telly from behind the sofa.
All Saints blends these two influences together with the epic scene from the Omen where Father Brennan (Troughton) dies in a bizarre accident outside the doors of the church. (While I was visiting the grounds I did keep a beady eye on the flag pole on top of the tower at all times). It remains very high on my list of places to photograph throughout the seasons. The church is situated in the delightful grounds of Bishops Park and Fulham Palace and is, in my opinion, one of the more pleasant parks in London.
Unlike poor Father Brennan, the day I visited the church grounds it was gloriously sunny and the church seemed very welcoming, however I never ventured inside just in case my feet began to burn. Instead I stayed outside to photograph the graveyard. Armed only with my trusty Leica Standard/Voightlander Heliar 15mm and a couple of rolls of Fomapan 400, I was determined to do the the grounds justice: