by Christina I went for a walk around Beckenham Crematorium the other day to stretch my legs. It was cold and windy and muddy and December. I hadn’t been to BC, which sits around the corner from the house where I grew up, for several years. I remember going there as a child with my […]Read More A Moment of Toilet Humour
by Christina What do you imagine it will say on your grave stone when you die? Do you imagine it? Do you even entertain the possibility of death, or do you like to pretend it isn’t creeping closer and closer with every passing day? I can understand it if you do, because who likes to […]Read More After You’d Gone.
by Christina After our trip to Tower Hamlets, Sheldon and I said goodbye at Mile End tube station – he was off for a walk towards some other forgotten, hidden part of historical London and I was leaving to re-join the modern world. We exchanged a few words about beginning to write our respective pieces […]Read More Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park – Pizza, Ants & Stepping Back in Time (The Fluff Report)
by Christina Those of you reading this who live in London will know that it can be a bubble that’s difficult to escape from. Every so often, I like to leave London behind for a few days and see what else is out there. I take my interest in local history and my Cemetery Club […]Read More Outside London: The Cliffs of St Bees
by Christina The story goes that the tomb of Mary Nichols lay completely hidden under ivy until the 1980’s, when it was discovered by photographer John Gay. It’s now uncovered and everyone who takes the Highgate Cemetery West tour can see it. On the top of the grave lies a sleeping angel on a bed of […]Read More Mary Nichols and The Sleeping Angel
by Christina From time to time we’ll post clippings and extracts we’ve found that have nothing to do with our forays into Victorian graveyard life, but that are related to the point and premise of Cemetery Club. What follows is an extract from a recent Simon Hattenstone interview with Patti Smith, published in the Guardian […]Read More Patti Smith Soundbite