Historian of Brookwood Cemetery
The second edition of London’s Necropolis is now available.
The new edition is published by Stenlake Publishing and you can order a copy here (post free to UK addresses).
You can read more on this new edition here.
You can read some reviews here.
I am also working on a booklet on
First World War Dead
for the Friends of West Norwood Cemetery.
“The History & Development of Brookwood Cemetery” 23rd January 2021, a one-
For further information on lectures I have undertaken in 2019 and before, please follow this link.
* First World War Dead in West Norwood Cemetery (currently 500 names and more to come)
*More on the Brookwood Cemetery railway (for a new edition)
* Pauper Burials at Brookwood Cemetery
Hello, and welcome to my website
I'm a freelance writer, administrator and former medical librarian based in London.
My writing and research has mainly focused on Brookwood Cemetery and West Norwood Cemetery, but I have also written on various railway-
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-
I have also authored some websites which explore the rich content of some of the part-
Information about all of these areas are incorporated into my website.
Researching Cemeteries: exploring a shared and living heritage
Woking Asian Business Forum has arranged a Zoom-
The seminar will provide an introduction to cemetery research, with emphasis on Victorian cemeteries, the early history and development of Brookwood Cemetery, and the particular role of minority burial grounds in contemporary cemetery landscapes.
Speakers will include
Julie Rugg, leader of the Cemetery Research Group, University of York.
John Clarke, foremost authority on Brookwood Cemetery, and author of ‘London’s Necropolis: A guide to Brookwood Cemetery’.
(Please note my presentation has since been added to The Brookwood Cemetery Society website.)
Avril Madderel, Reading University, leader of research project on ‘Deathscapes and diversity: Making space for death and remembrance in multicultural England and Wales’.
Susan Buckham, Kirkyard Consulting, specialist in the interpretation of cemetery landscapes
The seminar will take place on Saturday 23rd January 2021, 11:00-
Ole Jensen, 07838 132521, o.jensen at open.ac.uk Registered participants will be sent a zoom link ahead of the seminar.
West Norwood Conservation Area Character Appraisal
Over 3 years ago I was commissioned by Lambeth Council to draft a Character Appraisal for the West Norwood Conservation Area. Much of this is occupied by the historic Grade II* listed West Norwood Cemetery, of which I am a Trustee. My report was submitted in March 2017, to a very tight deadline.
Unexpectedly, Lambeth has now published this document as part of its public consultation, which closes on 11 January 2021. One of the most important sections in the report is Appendix 2 which lists all the noteworthy persons whose memorials have been lost since Lambeth took over management of the cemetery in the 1960s, a useful reminder that local authority management of historic cemeteries is not necessarily a good thing.
You can read more news here.