Not everyone’s lives are a rollercoaster of excitement or celebrity. Such was that of William Mellish Esq., a respected ship and commercial property owner who made his fortune providing the British navy and other vessels with fresh meat, suet and other supplies. On a freezing February afternoon in 1833, Mellish stopped in at Spread Eagle Court to do a spot of banking. Unbeknownst to him, a shadowy figure lurked in the entrance […]Read More William Mellish & the Would-Be-Killer Whaler
Highgate Cemetery is asking for ideas on how to be a sustainable place of burial for years to come. This is important for many reasons. Firstly, it’s easily the best known Cemetery in the UK and the fact its publically seeking opinion on its future is big news. Secondly, because of its age, the board […]Read More How Do You Solve a Problem Like Highgate?
By Christina Samuel Johnson once said ‘when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life‘. Yawn. We’ve all had that quote shoved down our throats at some point. Yes yes, London is never boring, etc etc. However, if you really are tired of London life, and fancy a slice of London DEATH, […]Read More The Magnificent Seven: A Photographic Guide
by Christina My friend Steph is a photographer. She moved to London from New York state in January 2007 and her first flat here was in Kensal Green. One of the first places I remember her taking photographs of was Kensal Green Cemetery – a long time before I even knew the significance and history […]Read More Little Cemetery Observations – a Photo Blog
by Sheldon The Cemetery Club was founded as a place for me and Christina to celebrate the Magnificent Seven Cemeteries and as a place to share, pass comment and remember the times we’ve spent walking around appreciating a bygone age. This quickly developed into something more, and we’ve covered a wider range of topics including […]Read More Capturing the Moment
by Christina The first rule of Cemetery Club is: you can talk about it as much as you like. People might think you’re weird so be ready to defend your interest in posh graveyards and all things Dead Victorian Person. It’s an interesting hobby to have and many people I know, having seen my links […]Read More Cemetery Club Visitin’ – A Checklist for Success!
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