A continent so vast and desolate it contains 90% of the world’s sheet ice. Its discoverer? An Irishman, who rests in a cemetery on the English south coast… Brighton Extra Mural Cemetery. The monuments and tombs here are an everlasting festival of Victorian Sussex. I love it here; it’s one of my favourite cemeteries. I’ve […]Read More Irish at the South Pole
This post was written by cemetery tour guide and researcher Sam Perrin. 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 […]Read More Adventures of a Country Home
…Hiram Maxim had an idea. Hiram Maxim is the dictionary definition of an eccentric. An American by birth, he was also an inventor – creating a type of inhaler and a machine gun. You could argue he’s responsible for filling up most of the world’s cemeteries with the latter device, although in his own lifetime when […]Read More What Becomes of Us After Death?
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 […]Read More The Grave of Captain Danny
This post was written by cemetery tour guide and researcher Sam Perrin. I’m not going to venture into the history of London’s cemeteries and the ever-growing need for burial space. I don’t need to, as this topic has already been covered in the excellent existing posts by Sheldon, Christina and Caroline. Instead I’m going to offer […]Read More Hilda & Gilbert: Tales from two Streatham Cemeteries
by Sheldon The blazing hulk of the USS Tulip burnt ferociously as 29 year old John Davis gasped for breath; his head erupting from the surface of the dark waters of the Potomac. Embers rained down from the sky – shouting aloud, in part to let people know he was alive but also to see if any of […]Read More The Most Incredible Article About the Civil War You’ll Ever Read
One hundred years ago tomorrow, a terrible event happened that would change the face of British warfare, forever robbing the lives of men and boys, not to mention sons, daughters, nieces and nephews who would never get the chance to be born. This week, we invite Westminster Guide Charlie Foreman of London War Walks to give […]Read More Scar of the Somme