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John Clarke

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Welcome to John Clarke’s Website

John ClarkeHello, and welcome to my website. I'm a freelance writer and medical librarian based in London.

My writing and research has mainly focused on Brookwood Cemetery, but I have also written on railway-related subjects. See the panel on the right.

Over the years I have presented many lectures on Brookwood Cemetery and its railway funeral service. If you are interested in booking me for a local (or national) group then please feel free to contact me via the contact page on this website or email me at info at john-clarke dot co dot uk.

Please note that due to work commitments I am usually only able to give talks in the evening or at the weekend.

I have also authored some websites which explore the rich content of some of the part-works issued by the Amalgamated Press in the mid to late 1930s. These cover railways, ships and engineering subjects - see the panel below for examples of covers from each of these series.

Information about all of these areas are incorporated into my website.

Forthcoming Lectures

“The Brookwood Necropolis Railway”, Tuesday 3 October 2017, 7pm at F W Paine, Kingston.

The lecture is free but booking is essential. Contact Sue on 020 8547 1556 to book your place. You can dowload a poster here.

“The Oblivion Express: The Necropolis Railway”, Saturday 7 October 2017 5pm in the Dissenters’ Chapel, Kensal Green Cemetery.

Tickets @ £12 each.

This lecture is part of the London Month of the Dead programme.


For further details of my lecture, click on the image below:

For further information on lectures I have undertaken in 2016 please follow this link.

Current Research

* West Norwood Conservation Area

* Pauper Burials at Brookwood Cemetery

Forthcoming Publications

London's Necropolis by John ClarkeA second edition of London’s Necropolis is in preparation.

The new edition will be published by Stenlake, and is now due out in April 2018.

The final cover design is shown here.

I am also working on a booklet on Great War Dead for the Friends of West Norwood Cemetery.

The Passenger Train Created to Carry the Dead

I’ve been assisting Amanda Ruggeri for her article posted on the BBC Britain Autos website on the Brookwood Cemetery Railway.

The article was posted on 18 October and includes a number of quotes taken from our telephone conversation, along with some pictures from my collection. You can read the article here.