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John Clarke

Historian of Brookwood Cemetery

Welcome to John Clarke’s Website

Forthcoming Publications


Brookwoods Mausolea by John Clarke

My new booNorwood Cemetery and the Great War by Peter Hodgkinson and John Clarkeklet on Brookwood’s Mausolea is now available. Further details are posted here.


I am also working on a booklet (with Peter Hodgkinson) on First World War Dead for the Friends of West Norwood Cemetery. This project has been delayed due to restrictions caused by the Covid pandemic, but should be available later in 2022.


The book will cover our research on First World War commemorations at West Norwood Cemetery. Additional information will be made available via the Friends of West Norwood Cemetery website.



Forthcoming & Recent Lectures


Wednesday 12th October 2022 at 7pm - “The Brookwood Necropolis Railway” for a “Talking of Trains” meeting at Surbiton Library, Ewell Road, Surbiton KT6 6AG. Further details in due course via the Talking of Trains website.



For further information on lectures I have undertaken in 2021 and earlier, 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, former administrator and 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.

LatestThe Corpses at Waterloo News:


The Corpses at Waterloo


Is the title of Lynne Brittney’s latest murder mystery novel in her Mayfair 100 Series.


The book was published in July 2022 by Iris Books.


You can read my book review here.











Charles Bradlaugh’s Monument Restored


I was fortunate to be invited to the official unveiling of the fully restored authentic replica bust & wreath on the memorial to Charles Bradlaugh in the North Cemetery. This event took place on 17 October 2021. The project was jointly supported by the National Secular Society, the Brookwood Cemetery Society and Brookwood Cemetery. We owe them a great debt for making sure this iconoclastic Victorian politician’s grave was restored so magnificently. It should be admired and appreciated for years to come - as was the intention when the original bust was placed in 1893.





































London Cemeteries in Old Photographs


London Cemeteries in Old Photographs by Brian Parsons


Just published (May 2021)

by Brian Parsons


Price £12 (paperback), including UK postage


94pp. with nearly 190 illustrations


Only available via www.brianparsons.org.uk



You can read my book review here.






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