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The Brookwood Necropolis Railway An Introduction to Brookwood Cemetery The Columbarium, Brookwood Cemetery The Glades of Remebrance, Brookwood Cemetery The Bisley Camp Branch Line

John Clarke

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Welcome to John Clarke’s Website

Forthcoming Publications


London's Necropolis by John Clarke


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.






Forthcoming Lectures


(Postponed) “Researching the First World War dead at West Norwood Cemetery” West Middlesex Family History Society at 8pm


(Postponed) “The Brookwood Necropolis Railway”, Frederick Paine, Kingston at 7pm


(Postponed) “The Brookwood Necropolis Railway”, Westminster City Archives at 6pm


(Postponed) 21 August 2020, “The Brookwood Necropolis Railway”, Gosport Railway Society at 7.30pm


(Postponed) 21 September 2020, “The Brookwood Necropolis Railway”, The Streatham Society at 8pm


For further information on lectures I have undertaken in 2019 and before, please follow this link.



Current Research


* First World War Dead in West Norwood Cemetery (currently 500 names and more to come)

* West Norwood Conservation Area

*More on the Brookwood Cemetery railway (for a new edition)

* Pauper Burials at Brookwood Cemetery

John ClarkeHello, 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-related subjects.


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.


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.

Latest News:


Royal Visit to Brookwood Cemetery


H.R.H. Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex visited Brookwood Cemetery on 1 July.


He was accompanied - among others - by the Lord Lieutenant of Surrey Michael More-Molyneux, the High Sheriff of Surrey Shahid Azeem, Mr Ian Tomes Woking Borough Council's Strategic Asset Manager, and Avril Kirby the Cemetery Manager. It was part of a visit to the cemetery to see some of the improvements made across the site. During his visit the Earl visited the St Edward Brotherhood and was shown the shrine of Saint Edward the Martyr, and was then taken to the Old Mortuary, where he was shown the Exhibition Room and the main hall.


You can read further news here.