‘So. Sheldon. The Monuments and Mausolea Trust are having their AGM at Brookwood Cemetery. You want in?’ How could I, intrepid cemetery enthusiast and curator of Cemetery Club, say no? Brookwood is one of those cemeteries I’ve long been meaning to visit. Mike Fox of the Monuments and Mausoleums Trust in Waterloo kindly invited me to […]Read More A Jaunt to the London Necropolis
Today the Victorian Society announced its annual Top 10 Endangered Buildings List. Now in its eleventh year, the list seeks to highlights not only beautiful, at risk buildings but also the ongoing war we have in preserving and saving our rich building heritage. What’s of note is that a cemetery makes the list and it’s […]Read More Save Brandwood End!
This week I’m very happy to be posting a guest entry from Paul Browning, who writes one of my favourite blogs – Running Past. Paul usually delves into local history and rivers in and around Lewisham. Here, Paul takes us to Scotland – Stromness, to be precise! The landscape of the Orkeys is stunning, although more […]Read More An Orcardian Burial Ground
Who says cemeteries can’t be beautiful? You see those mausoleums? They gave me shade from the relentless August that I had to endure during my stay in Washington D.C. I walked a mile from the Catholic University of America campus (where I was staying) to the first and finest of the cemeteries in the States. […]Read More Rock Creek Cemetery
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