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Dissenters' Chapel, Kensal Green
391 Ladbroke Grove, W10 5 London, United Kingdom
Eighty percent of people who die in the UK today are cremated, a practice which is causing us to lose touch with the customs and art forms of burial. London's crypts and charnel houses — the traditional repositories of human remains — offer fascinating and sometimes macabre and piquant insights into the social, cultural and religious history of the capital.
After the Great Fire of 1666 there was a frenzy of church building in the City of London. These new buildings had spacious crypts, allowing unscrupulous clergymen to earn extra cash by permitting wealthy parishioners pay to be interred there. MALCOLM JOHNSON will relate stories of the recent discoveries made as these subterranean vaults have been gradually cleared to house modern day restaurants and wine bars.
Tickets £12. Each ticket includes one delightful Hendrick’s Gin cocktail and a 20% donation towards a host of restoration projects at Kensal Green Cemetery.
This salon in the cemetery is part of the London Month of the Dead 2017.
Malcolm Johnson is a retired priest, and has a PhD from King’s College, London. His books, Crypts of London (Past & Present) and St Martins in the Fields, were both published to critical acclaim by Phillimore.