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).
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 600 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.
My article on corpse vans has recently been published in the April 2021 issue of Backtrack.
The article describes and illustrates a number of hearse vans used on Britain’s railway system.
Woking Borough Council has announced that Brookwood Cemetery has received a grant from the government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund to help meet the cost of ongoing repairs during the Coronavirus pandemic.
The fund -
Brookwood Cemetery has received £25,000 (the maximum grant) towards the ongoing restoration of the Columbarium. The full press release can be read here and you can read more on the restoration project here.
However it is disappointing that the Council alleges the Columbarium was “blocked up and closed off to the public” and fails to acknowledge the emergency restoration work to the roof undertaken by The Brookwood Cemetery Society in 2009. This was undertaken in collaboration with former owners of the cemetery who arranged the first of several security gates to be installed at the entrance, thus revealing the doorway for the first time in many years. These gates are still in place at the entrance. Further details of the Society’s restoration project can be read here.
Oakwood Press is celebrating an astonishing 90 years of specialist transport publishing. It remains the oldest publisher of its type still in business.
My first book was published by Roger Kidner, Oakwood’s founder and owner, just before he retired in 1984. The firm was sold to Jane Kennedy (ex-
I am fortunate indeed to have worked with all three owners. Happy 90th!
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