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?
“Only the very young or very unsophisticated maintain the surviving faith in the legend of Santa Claus.” So was written in the Derry Journal on Friday 22nd December 1933. Santa Claus, as I’m sure everyone is aware, is a hybrid of different folklores and popularised by the iconic (and frankly, bloody annoying) advert Coca Cola trot […]Read More The Tomb of Santa Claus
I can’t say I expected to be clambering through dense ivy and wonky headstones, days away from Christmas. But then, this is Cemetery Club and frankly how else would I be spending my birthday! Aided by Sacha, I was on a mission. I was looking for the final resting place of a man who gave us […]Read More Where is the Inventor of the Christmas Cracker?
The redemption of Ebenezer Scrooge from visits by the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future is as familiar to us now as the story of Jesus laying in his manger. It’s been interpreted into multiple versions featuring the Muppets, Alastair Sim and Jim Carrey. On my cemetery-bothering adventures I’ve often found myself standing in […]Read More The Top 6 Graves Associated with Dickens