Mr Marie Lloyd

In last week’s post you lucky readers were treated to a cockney singalong about an exhibition of strength that cemented the reputation of the first proper celebrity bodybuilder. This week we take a look at a man who sung the song and, for decades, has been nothing more than an aside compared to his far […]

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The Strongest Man on Earth

An old song drifts through Tower Hamlets Cemetery in October 2017. History is full of old tunes and for our Halloween tour, myself and Pauly Kendrick sang Alec Hurley’s hit ‘The Strongest Man on Earth’ at his graveside. You know the song, don’t you? It was the song everyone was humming in November 1889. But why […]

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The ‘Crappest’ Actor

Beneath a plain stone in Kensal Green Cemetery lies the most remarkable actor to tread the boards of any stage. Orator, costume designer, eccentric – yet his grave is decidedly plain. Imagine you’ve just spent a decent amount of money to see (actor) in (show). You sit down with your Häagen-Dazs ice cream and programme; put […]

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The Grave of Captain Danny

As part of Remembrance Day, Cemetery Club looks into a forgotten hero whose grave in Stoke Newington has been forgotten…until now. Watch the clip below… Overseen by Field Marshal George Milne, 1st Baron Milne,  the founder of a plucky band of soldiers was commemorated by his comrades.  The Old Contemptibles is a name I’ve found […]

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Death Doodles of the Deceased

Graffiti isn’t a new feature or problem in our environments. It’s been happening for hundreds and thousands of years – you could argue hieroglyphics are a form of graffiti (I actually remember a Channel 5 documentary I saw years ago saying that the stone and chisel were the ancient Egyptian’s equivalent of a marker pen). […]

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Talking Heads

Sat quietly in his wooden box, within the hallowed halls of a leading London University, is an aged gentleman. His wide brimmed hat and slightly battered jacket betrays the fact that he is a man from another time, watching over students going about their daily business. What you see is not the whole man; however. […]

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