History is a peculiar thing. On Sunday 12th August 2018 over five hundred people gathered to see the unveiling of the exact location of the grave of William Blake. They were taking part in a ceremony which seems to happen every century – although not for the reason you’d expect. I’ve been doing cemetery blogs […]Read More A Tombstone for a Long Neglected Grave
Well this is something special! For years, fans of one of the nation’s greatest creative minds have had to make do with an approximate location of the great man’s final resting place. Thanks to long running efforts from a small band of his most ardent fans and the generation of £30,000 in fundraising, on Sunday […]Read More Blake’s New Headstone
Celebrity chefs are common-place nowadays – the likes of Gino Sheffield Di Campo, Ainsley Harriott and Jamie Oliver. But let’s turn back the clock and look at the very first ‘sleb cook whose grave is one of the most impressive funerary monuments in the country. A true story of love and devotion: one of the people […]Read More A Them-Days Jamie Oliver
It all began in Southwark. The remarkable discovery of a stone sarcophagus in Lant Street, Southwark last year spurred the Museum of London to collate forty years of work into one exhibition. How did Roman London commemorate death and what can we learn from what they’ve left behind? Exhibition curators Jackie Kiely, Rebecca Redfern and […]Read More The Roman Dead
On Saturday 19th May 2018 the nation will rejoice as HRH Prince Harry will wed Ms Megan Markle in a dazzling display of what the British do best – pomp and circumstance. Marrying in the beautiful St. George’s Windsor, a building that took fifty three years to construct – started off by King Edward IV […]Read More Under St George’s Chapel
Today’s blog is a departure from the usual. The Hayes positively radiates history. It’s a gorgeous old mansion that could easily double as the set of a whodunit murder mystery with links to St Pancras Station, as well as being the site of a daring wartime escape! Built by Francis Wright as a wedding gift […]Read More Adventures of a Country Home
Why go traipsing around a cemetery? Well, it’s no different from going to a museum or an art gallery. So when I come across historical accounts written by cemetery enthusiasts, I have to share their words as I would my own. The following article originally appeared in the Londonderry Sentinel on Saturday 1st December, 1956. Its author […]Read More Gruesome – Or History Made Graphic?