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Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori; Shrouds of the Somme by Rob Heard, Queen Elizabeth Park, 8-18 November
  When
I went to see the ‘Shrouds of the Somme’ at the Queen Elizabeth Park in
Stratford on a wet and blustery November afternoon I expected to have the place
to myself. Surely no one else would abandon the warmth and bright lights of
consumer paradise West...
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The Melesi Mausoleum, St Pancras & Islington Cemetery
Never
completely trust anything you read on the internet, however unimpeachable the
source might seem.   The Mausolea &
Monuments Trust website told me that this Mausoleum had been built by Gaetano
Melesi in 1913 after his wife Letizia had been run over by ...
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Madness in their Methodism; Robert Tilling (1737-1760) Bunhill Fields
Execution day at Tyburn - the Idle Apprentice by Hogarth Researching
the history of Bunhill Fields I came across an intriguing account of the
funeral of 23 year old coachman Robert Tilling in the Oxford Journal of Saturday
03 May 1760. Executed criminals we...
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From Here to Eternity: Travelling the World to Find the Good Death - Caitlin Doughty (Orion Books £8.99)
On
her website Caitlin Doughty describes herself as a “mortician, activist, and
funeral industry rabble-rouser”.  She runs her own non profit funeral
business, Undertaking LA, and is the founder of the death acceptance collective
The Order of the Good Death...
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"Good old Bunhill! Almost every sod a song!"; Bunhill Fields, City Road EC1
The graves of Daniel Defoe and William Blake Blake,
Bunyan and Defoe are probably not names that mean much to today’s school
children. If my own offspring are any indication neither will they have much,
or possibly any, awareness of BBD’s contribution to th...
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Mussulman Rites in an English Churchyard; The Lost Memorials of London, Khwāja Shāhsuwār (1582-1626), St Botolphs, Bishopsgate
In
the ‘Additions and Corrections’ to his 1790 edition of John Stow’s A Survey of London Thomas Pennant says
of St Botolph’s, Bishopgate, that “In the
coemetery of this church is the very remarkable tomb in the altar form of Coya
Shawsware a merchant and se...
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Hung, flayed and crucified; the gruesome fate of James Legg (1731-1801)
  In
the May the Royal Academy finally opened the doors to its £56 million redevelopment
to the public. The event received much coverage in the media including
terrestrial TV news coverage. I was watching it on Channel 4 news which took
you on a tour of the...
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Deer stalking at Brookwood Cemetery
Visiting
Brookwood Cemetery I did not expect to spend almost as much of my time deer
stalking as grave hunting. It had been a last minute decision to go to Woking;
I’d actually planned to spend the afternoon at Kensal Green. I had wanted a day
off work but ...
Deer stalking at Brookwood Cemetery
Deer stalking at Brookwood Cemetery
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Charity Begins at Home; Miliam Levy (1800-1850), Jewish Cemetery, Brady Street
James
Aspinall Turner MP: “All that you infer
from this transaction is, that Mr. Levy is a very sharp man of business?” George
Ramsay, Assistant Director of Stores and Clothing: “Very.” Report of the
Commissioners Appointed to Inquire into the State of the ...
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The Jewish Cemetery, Brady Street, E1
‘The old Jewish
cemeteries are small secretive places, a few acres hidden by high walls and
locked doors, often cheek by jowl with new buildings and identified from
outside only by the trees that overhang walls topped with broken glass. Brady
Street is an o...
The Jewish Cemetery, Brady Street, E1
The Jewish Cemetery, Brady Street, E1
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