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
“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
Imagine being at the heart of communication in one of the most important buildings in the world! It’s 1903 and in his private office in Buckingham Palace, King Edward VII sits in his chair, pouring over a list of names. Making notes beside each one, the roll of names before him has been given Royal […]Read More Parliament’s Postie
The e-mail notification came through and I took a deep breath. My course mates and I had been badgering our lecturer for a week or so to get this information and finally, it had arrived. Navigating my way to the university’s submission portal; I clicked refresh and there it was. My first piece of submitted […]Read More Master-fully Done, Part 1
Here we go. Such has been my apprehension in attempting to write an entry about the most famous cemetery in the world that it’s taken me nearly a year to finally put my visit into words. How – how, dear reader – can you do justice to this place in one post? How can I convey […]Read More The Top 6 Graves of Père-Lachaise
Most teenagers today play around on Snapchat for entertainment. When Thomas Pettigrew was this age in the 1800s, he dissected corpses. This week’s life in focus is one of those instances where the gravestone above ground doesn’t really do justice to the bloke several feet beneath it. Thomas Pettigrew had a varied and interesting life: […]Read More Ooh Lumme, It’s Pettigrew & A Mummy!
Ooooh GAWD it’s my Christmas! This week sees all manner of deathly symbols and imagery invade supermarkets, schools and offices. Whilst like any other festival, its commercialisation does seem to have detracted from its origin as Samhain, a time indicating the start of the darker part of the year and the time where the veil […]Read More This Is Halloween
There I was boozing in a pub with father dearest when I spied some Victorian books on display, above where we were eating our lamb rogan josh and wiltshire ham, eggs and chips. One particular tome caught my eye as it’s a name I’ve encountered before: I rather suspect this guy was the Victorian Robin […]Read More This Actor Did What?!
Dressed in the highest fashions of the 1860’s, a princess looks deeply into the camera as she takes direction from one of London’s busiest photographers. Surrounded by foliage and the ‘shelter’ of a tree with a classical column in the background to accentuate her status and class, effortlessly exuding a regal command that was only […]Read More Victoria’s God-daughter