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Dissenters' Chapel, Kensal Green
391 Ladbroke Grove, W10 5AA London, United Kingdom
For 87 years, nearly every day, a single train ran from Waterloo to Brookwood cemetery in Surrey and back. Its passengers were a mixture of the living and the dead. The service offered a choice of first, second or third class tickets for both the deceased and their accompanying family and the railway followed a purposefully chosen 23-mile route so the mourners could be consoled in their grief with elegant views of Westminster, Richmond Park and Hampton Court. At its peak, from 1894 to 1903, the train carried more than 2,000 corpses a year.
In this talk, John Clarke, the author of the first major history of the Necropolis Railway and guide to Brookwood Cemetery, will discuss the rise and fall of the Necropolis project and the operations of the railway.
Tickets £12 including a Hendrick's Gin Cocktail.
This salon in the cemetery is part of the London Month of the Dead 2017. Twenty percent of all revenue is donated towards a host of restoration projects at Kensal Green Cemetery.
John Clarke is a lecturing Medical Librarian with an MA in History. Investigating Brookwood Cemetery since 1976, his role as part-time Historical Consultant to the Cemetery between 2007 and 2012 has informed his comprehensive guide London's Necropolis: A Guide to Brookwood Cemetery. Other books include The Brookwood Necropolis Railway, An Introduction to Brookwood Cemetery, The Glades of Remembrance and The Columbarium.