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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 History of Brookwood Cemetery”, 28th March 2018, 8pm for the Send Evening WI



For further information on lectures I have undertaken in 2017 and earlier, 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 Connections 1917 for the Friends of West Norwood Cemetery.





The Death Express at the London Dungeon


The Dead Express at the London Dungeon






















The London Dungeon has announced a new attraction for Halloween 2017. The Death Express invites you to experience one of the scariest journeys of the 19th century aboard the Necropolis Train. Described as “a one-way ticket for the dead and a restless ride for the living” the London Dungeon promises “full scream ahead!” You can read more in an article from the London Evening Standard.

Third Class Coffin


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Thanks to feedback from my lecture given at Kensal Green Cemetery for the London Month of the Dead, I am sharing details of Third Class Coffin by The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing. Listen, enjoy and donate!