Famous for being the creative cradles of David Bowie, Bob Monkhouse and Julie Andrews, the ancient heart of the town of Beckenham has always been the church of St. George. Originally built in the 1100s, the grandiose church we see today is the result of a rebuild under the supervision of William Gibbs Barfleet, who […]Read More My Local in Lockdown
Visitors to the Dickens Museum may be surprised to see a gravestone in the back garden. Of course it is perfectly legal to be buried in your own garden if you’re lucky enough to own one. But this headstone is a cenotaph: no bones lay beneath it. The actual person it commemorates has a fascinating […]Read More Why Is There a Headstone in the Dickens Museum?
Occasionally I find gems from the archives that were published years ago by my cemetery and graveyard-loving predecessors – and this particular one deserves to be seen my living eyes once more. The following words originally appeared in ‘The Bizarre Notes and Queries in History, Folk-lore, Mathematics, Mysticism, Art, Science, Etc‘ that was published by […]Read More The Graves of English Poets
Look Up. With the launching of the latest set of Elon Musk’s Starlink satellites from California last night (that had everyone from myself to BBC Newsreader Sophie Raworth looking to the sky for a glimpse of a project that aims to bring internet coverage to every corner of the planet), I fired up an astronomy […]Read More The Astral Cemetery
Whenever a friend goes abroad, I ask them to visit a nearby cemetery. Today musician Dan Burrowes explores queer history, celestial scientist and a bizarre request to Whitney Houston I paid a visit to Montparnasse Cemetery in Paris, the second largest burial ground in Paris, which along with Pere-Lachaise inherited the mantle of dealing with […]Read More A Wonderful Metaphor For the City Itself
Libraries are a world you can get lost in. Earlier this week I paid a visit to my local cemetery, where I filmed a video about John Harris – the subject of one of my sixty second videos on Twitter. He’s buried in Queen’s Road Cemetery, Croydon. I explored his legacy to both the British […]Read More The Greatest Library of Them All
A young American’s journey to visit the graves of every U.S. president, vice president, and other notables “Just tweeted this, because it’s ruddy brilliant!” That’s what Sheldon commented on my February 16th Instagram post, which showcased the final resting place of Richard McDonald, co-founder of the McDonald’s fast food restaurant chain. Dick’s urn, nestled in […]Read More The Afterlives of the Rich & Famous
It’s an image that does the rounds on social media from time to time. I’m not the first to share it and it’s one of the initial images I found when I began my immersion into cemetery history. Kensal Green was the second cemetery I visited for this blog and its not an event you’d […]Read More Killed By A Coffin
Yesterday I went on a tour around Brockley & Ladywell Cemeteries accompanied by Jonathan Boniface. A fascinating stroll through time, looking at people ranging from women who were trafficked in the 1870′s to founders of running clubs and frankly it was nice to be ON a tour rather than being the one delivering it, for […]Read More Where Are the Descendants of Lieutenant Colonel Sydney Douglas Rumbold?
As 2020 hurtles towards us with the speed of an oncoming freight train, its time to see what the most popular articles on the blog were! This was the year Cemetery Club started stepping outside its comfort zone. Amazingly well received tours of the women of Hampstead Cemetery, a brand new tour around the sylvan […]Read More The Most Read Articles on Cemetery Club 2019