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?
by Sheldon And so closes another year. A year that seems to have robbed us of more heroes and icons than usual. Our post detailing the loss of Bowie, it seems, was a warning call for 2016 – Prince, Muhammed Ali, Gene Wilder – all people who have massively influenced culture in the past few […]Read More It’s Christmas in Heaven
Two beautiful angels have been silently guarding the people buried beneath. These seraphs are in London; one is very well known, the other – practically unheard of. Hidden away behind a toolshed and overshadowed by a tree. Today, Cemetery Club is off to a two cemeteries in south west and south east London to look […]Read More The Bronze Angels of London
A bustling street in Camden is hardly the place you’d expect time to rewind itself to the 1840’s. From the outside, the brutalist Christopher Ingold Building in Gordon Street would seem to embody everything from the 1950’s onward. And it does. At an event at UCL, a lady in a bustling Victorian costume ushered us to […]Read More Keep the Candle Burning
by Sheldon (and Christina…..a little bit) And so we close another year of intrepid Cemetery exploration. It’s been a busy year which has seen a lot of positive things happen – myself becoming a qualified tour guide and Christina running a Craft fair as well as the marathon itself. What’s both struck us is the response […]Read More What A Year It’s Been