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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

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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


16 April 2020, “Researching the First World War dead at West Norwood Cemetery” West Middlesex Family History Society at 8pm


(Date to be confirmed) “The Brookwood Necropolis Railway”, Frederick Paine, Kingston at 7pm


16 July 2020, “The Brookwood Necropolis Railway”, Westminster City Archives at 6pm


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


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:

Further Publicity for the Woking Muslim Heritage Trails


Good to see Tharik Hussain’s article in the latest issue of Who Do You Think You Are? magazine, further promoting this important initiative.


You can read more on the launch of these trails by following this link.