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Stenlake Publishing - London’s Necropolis: A Guide to Brookwood Cemetery

London’s Necropolis: A Guide to Brookwood Cemetery

Author : John M. Clarke
ISBN : 9781840337334
Cover : hardback
Price : £40.00

This is the long-awaited new and much revised edition of this in-depth reference work originally published by The History Press, second-hand copies of which have been commanding high prices for many years. This is a massive tome and is the ‘last word’ on this subject with ten chapters dealing with the cemetery’s origins – London had run out of space to bury its dead – indeed many developments in town were enabled by trainloads of remains being reburied at Brookwood which is at Woking. Indeed one of the two stations was literally the end of the line – for special trains of mourners travelling from London and the deceased. Nine chapters deal with specific areas or sections of the cemetery plus there are appendices on missing persons, the principal cemetery staff and burial statistics. The author brings the text to life with hundreds and hundreds of potted histories of the occupants. The editor of the book found himself going to Wikipedia to find out more about the colourful lives of those buried here. It may seem strange to observe that all human life is here, but as such a huge cemetery, containing thousands of the dead of a diverse metropolis, it has to be so.

London’s Necropolis: A Guide to Brookwood Cemetery