It Begins!

We’re very excited to announce our first tour of 2018! Me and Sam are planning on delivering a whole load of walks, talks and tales this year to bang the drum on how marvellous cemeteries, and the people buried within them, are. I am very pleased to announce our first tour of the year celebrates […]

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Amazing News for Abney Park

In news that makes my heart swell, the lovely people over at Abney Park cemetery have just received news that they’re a step closer to being awarded £5 million in lottery funding. £315,000 has already been awarded so plans can be further developed. According to the press release: “The bid was submitted by the Council […]

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Four Graves for Harvey Milk

To celebrate LGBT History month I’ve asked writers, historians an scientists to write about interesting queer people who now reside in our cemeteries and crematoriums. To start us off, I’m thrilled to have a blog post from Loren Rhoads, author of ‘199 Cemeteries to See Before You Die‘ and ‘Wish You Were Here: Adventures in […]

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What Becomes of Us After Death?

…Hiram Maxim had an idea. Hiram Maxim is the dictionary definition of an eccentric. An American by birth, he was also an inventor – creating a type of inhaler and a machine gun. You could argue he’s responsible for filling up most of the world’s cemeteries with the latter device, although in his own lifetime when […]

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HRH (His Rolling Hulk)

Many people who lie in our cemeteries would have known, even visited, one of London’s best known animals. When I was about 7 or 8 I visited London Zoo for the first time. This was back when elephants and rhinos were still being kept in central London, which, considering it was the mid-1990’s, is bewildering. […]

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William Mellish & the Would-Be-Killer Whaler

Not everyone’s lives are a rollercoaster of excitement or celebrity. Such was that of William Mellish Esq., a respected ship and commercial property owner who made his fortune providing the British navy and other vessels with fresh meat, suet and other supplies.   On a freezing February afternoon in 1833, Mellish stopped in at Spread Eagle Court to do a spot of banking. Unbeknownst to him, a shadowy figure lurked in the entrance […]

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