Brompton Cemetery
Brompton Cemetery
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Location Earl's Court, London, England
Position Public cemetery
Appearances Sherlock Holmes (2009 film)

Brompton Cemetery is a large public burial site located in southwestern London. Founded in 1840, it is one of Britain's oldest garden cemeteries. This cemetery was the original burial place of Lord Blackwood following his execution.

Sherlock Holmes (2009 film)

After being convicted of the murder of several young women thanks to the assistance of Sherlock Holmes, Blackwood was taken to Pentonville Prison where he was to await execution. He remained defiant until the end, claiming that his death was only the beginning and that he would return from the dead to exact his revenge. He was then hanged, with his death confirmed by Dr John Watson. From there he was taken to his crypt in Brompton Cemetery, where he was interred under a large sandstone slab in a grave marked by sphinxes.

His prophecy seemed to be confirmed shortly after his tomb was found to be disturbed, with the enormous sandstone slab broken from the inside and a gravedigger claiming that he saw Lord Blackwood rise from the grave. The police, under the direction of Inspector Lestrade, retrieved the coffin from the tomb, only to find it was filled with dirt and the corpse of a red-haired dwarf, who had been dead for only about 12 hours. This man was in fact the same one whom Holmes had been engaged to find by Irene Adler.

Holmes later managed to deduce that the red-haired dwarf was an accomplice of Blackwood's, who had been instrumental in designing the practical component of Blackwood's tricks. He had been killed to prevent him from revealing Blackwood's plans. The slab covering the tomb had in fact been broken prior to its installation, and had been held together with a particular kind of glue made from an ancient Egyptian recipe of egg and honey. The adhesive would then be washed away by the rain, leaving no evidence of Blackwood's trickery.