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
As LGBT History month draws to a close, today we celebrate Charlotte Mew, a writer and poet whose original, emotionally intense work packed a punch that belied her diminutive physical stature. Her fans included Virginia Woolf, who described her as the “world’s greatest poetess” while another admirer, Thomas Hardy, said she was, “far and away […]Read More Charlotte Mary Mew (1869 –1928)
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 […]Read More William Mellish & the Would-Be-Killer Whaler
Right, dear reader, prepare yourself for a beast of a post (pun most certainly intended). For some people, losing a pet can be as devastating as losing a human member of the family. Londoners lacking gardens could lay their beloved animals to rest in Hyde Park’s pet cemetery or Ilford Animal Cemetery. In the gardens of Marlborough House […]Read More Do Animals Mourn Us?
Frederick Garibaldi Rogers broke down as he presented evidence at the inquest into the death of his estranged wife, Minnie Kate. Once so in love, Frederick would have done anything for her before she’d descended into alcohol and drug abuse, dying alone at the age of 53. What caused this performer, once described as a public […]Read More The Queen of Fire
by Sam All Souls Cakes – a delicious recipe! One of the most popular parts of our Halloween tours around Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park is our offering of authentic Victorian Soul Cakes! Knocking on doors for soul cakes was the precursor to modern day trick or treating and was often accompanied by a song: “Soul! Soul! Soul […]Read More Soul Cakes
Egg-on-face update: So, since posting this blog last year, I’ve discovered the sources I’d originally relied on when researching Hilda Wilson (the World’s Fattest Woman in 1936) were incorrect. It was widely reported in newspapers at the time that she was buried in Streatham Cemetery but she’s actually in Streatham Park Cemetery (which explains why […]Read More Hilda & Gilbert: Tales from two Streatham Cemeteries