Rosary Cemetery was the first non-denominational burial ground in the United Kingdom, and is the dead centre of Norwich. The oldest part of it dates from the mid-nineteenth century, and the most famous person buried there is Anna Sewell, the author of Black Beauty. I used to live just round the corner from the cemetery, and I would often waste an hour or two in there, lost in my thoughts. It’s a good place for clearing the mind.
It may be full of dead people, but it’s actually teeming with life. Crows and magpies perch in the trees, spying on me as I wander beneath them, and I catch a fleeting yellow flash of a woodpecker out of the corner of my eye, and a couple of grey squirrels rustling about in the undergrowth. In the meantime, insects, invertebrates and worms are feeding on the rotting vegetation and rotting human beings, and the cycle of life continues unbroken in the dappled sunlight of a warm September afternoon.