Saturday 28 February 2016
Blondin’s Birthday
14:00 at the Blondin memorial, Square 140 (Centre Avenue, just west of the Anglican Chapel)
Toasts, short readings and fond words to celebrate the great funambulist (born 29 February 1824), with members of the Blondin Society

Thursday, 10 March 2016
Lecture: Wicked William, 4th Earl of Mornington
19:00 for 19:30, Dissenters’ Chapel, Ladbroke Grove entrance, London W10 5AA
Friends £5, visitors £8
Geraldine Roberts introduces her new book, ‘The Angel and the Cad’.

Thursday, 14 April 2016
Lecture: Wilkie Collins, Father of the Detective Novel
Friends £5, visitors £8
19:00 for 19:30, Dissenters’ Chapel, Ladbroke Grove entrance, London W10 5AA
Andrew Lycett discusses his recent book, ‘Wilkie Collins: A Life of Sensation’.

Saturday, 21 May 2016
The Friends of Nunhead Cemetery Open Day (
11:00 to 17:00, Linden Grove, London SE15 3LP

Saturday, 7 May 2016
The Friends of Kensal Green Cemetery Annual General Meeting
11:30, Dissenters’ Chapel, Ladbroke Grove entrance, London W10 5AA
AGM followed by a talk on Frederick Huth, ‘The Napoleon of the City’, by John Hawkins.

Saturday, 4 June 2016
The Friends of Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park Open Day (
12:00 to 17:00, Southern Grove, London E3 4TF (Mile End or Bow Church station)

Thursday, 16 June 2016
Lecture: The Art of Memory
Friends £5, visitors £8
19:00 for 19:30, Dissenters’ Chapel, Ladbroke Grove entrance, London W10 5AA
Richard Barnes previews his forthcoming book, ‘The Art of Memory: Sculpture in the Cemetery’.

Saturday, 2 July 2016
11.00 to 17.00
Introductory and themed tours of the cemetery, displays and stalls from other cemetery societies, local history groups and specialists in items and services of particular interest to the Friends of historical cemeteries. This year’s event is based at the Dissenters’ Chapel, at the eastern end of the cemetery, nearest Ladbroke Grove.

Sunday, 17 July 2016
The Friends of Brompton Cemetery Open Day (
11:00 to 17:00, Chapel (nearest Fulham Road entrance, London SW10 9U

The Dissenters’ Chapel, on the east end of the cemetery, has a discrete entrance on Ladbroke Grove, just north of the Grand Union Canal. For lectures, we ask for a donation of £6.00 from visitors, or £4.00 from Friends, on the door; light refreshments are offered before and after the lecture, when the Friends’ bookstall will also be open.

Dissenters’ Gallery street entrace
Ladbroke Grove entrance

Dissenters’ Gallery entrance

Entrance to the Dissenters’ Chapel

The Ladbroke Grove entrance is a brisk fifteen-minute walk from Kensal Green (Bakerloo Line) or Ladbroke Grove (Hammersmith and City Line) tube stations, and is served by buses 18, 23, 52, 70, 295, 316 and 452. Please use the Transport for London Journey Planner or to plan your journey to Kensal Green.

Speakers from The Friends of Kensal Green Cemetery offer a range of lectures about the cemetery and its notable personalities; for more information, please contact:

Friends of Kensal Green Cemetery
c/o The General Cemetery Company
Harrow Road
London W10 4RA, UK

Tel. 07530 676151


To Paradise by Way of Kensal Green (Julian Litten)

Embalming and Presentation (Mark Bowis)

The Architecture of Kensal Green Cemetery (Jennifer Freeman)
Transport of the Dead 1450-1900 (Julian Litten)
Methods of Disposal of the Dead (David Pescod)

Italian Cemeteries: Florence, Genoa and Venice (John Ashby)
Cremation: A Hundred Years of Burning the Dead (David Pescod)
Embalming (David Pescod)
Church Monuments: From Coffin Lids to Weeping Widows (Isobel Sinden)

The Butterflies of Kensal Green Cemetery (Tim Freed)
Gone but Not Forgotten: Famous People of the Past (June Firkins)
Extraordinary Epitaphs (Nigel Rees)
Prehistoric Burial Sites (Robert Stephenson)
Post-Mortem Movements and the Rise of the Vampire (David Pescod)
The Treatment of Post-Industrial Corpses (David Pescod)

The Notorious Earl of Mornington and his Wanstead Connections (Peter Lawrence)
Brookwood Cemetery and Its Railway (John Clarke)
Church Monuments and the Gothic Revival (Dr. Thomas Cocke)
Frogmore Mausoleum and Royal Burials at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor (Leslie Grout)
Preserved Corpses (David Pescod)

Vampires (David Pescod)
The Monuments of Kensal Green Cemetery and their Stylistic Development (Dr. Roger Bowdler)
Mount Auburn Cemetery: America’s First Garden Cemetery (Dr. Stephen Jerome)
Eric Gill’s Monuments at Kensal Green and Elsewhere (Dr. David Peace)
The Prehistoric Iceman (David Pescod)
The Life, Death, Burial and Resurrection Company (Dr. Ruth Richardson)

Frederick Salmon and St. Mark’s Hospital (James Thomson)
The 5th Duke of Portland and his Burrowing Career (Roger Morgan)
Death and the Victorians (Robert Stephenson)
Burial Vaults of the Aristocracy (Dr. Julian Litten)
Spontaneous Human Combustion (David Pescod)

Excavating the Crypt of Christ Church, Spitalfields (Jez Reeve)
The Cult of the Ruin (Christopher Woodward)
The Surgeon, Cadaver and the Resurrectionist (Karen Howell)
The Landscape of Kensal Green Cemetery, Its Inspiration and Planting (Dr. Brent Elliott)
From Victoria to Diana: Changing Attitudes to Death (Dr. Tony Walter)
Well Hung in London: The City’s Execution Sites (Robert Stephenson)

West Norwood Cemetery (Bob Flanagan)
A History of the Mausoleum (Robert Stephenson)
Thackeray: The Road to Vanity Fair (David J Taylor)
The Royal Mausolea at Frogmore (Hermione Hobhouse)
Tombstones (Dr. John Physick)
Funerary Symbolism (Don Bianco)

Disposal of the Dead in the Hindu Kush (David Pescod)
Music Hall Artistes Buried at Kensal Green and Other London Cemeteries (Terry Lomas)
The Work of the Friends of War Memorials (Maggie Goodall)
Burial Before Undertakers: Death in Early Modern England (Clare Gittings)
The Bravo Murder Mystery (Nicholas Reed)
Sir Marc Brunel: The Forgotten Genius (Michael Bennett)

The Growth of Cremation 1820-2000 (Rev. Peter C. Jupp)
Edward Young, Night Thoughts and the Genesis of the Garden Cemetery (Prof. James Stevens Curl)
Funerals and Funeral Directing in London: A Look at the Last 100 Years (Brian Parsons)
Cadavers in the Cloisters: Death in Medieval England (Robert Stephenson)
The Work of Memorials by Artists (Harriet Frazer)

Preservation of the Dead (Andrea Britton)
The Heraldic Funeral (Dr. Julian Litten)
Blondin: The Man Who Walked Over Niagara (George Speaight)
Highgate Cemetery — Past, Present and Future (Jean Pateman)

The Work of the Natural Death Centre (Stephanie Wienrich)
Abney Park Cemetery (David Solman)
The Railway of the Great Northern Cemetery (Martin Dawes)
The Story of Andrew Pears and his Transparent Soap (Andrea Cameron)

A Walk in the Paradise Garden: 19th Century London Cemeteries (Ken Worple)
Don’t Drop the Coffin (Barry Albin)
The Medieval Churchyards of the City of London (Val Pretlove)
Twenty Years in a Doleful Profession (Celia Smith)

From Welbeck via Woking to Kensal Green — The Early History of Cremation (Brian Parsons)
Sir Edwin Chadwick and the London Dead (Ruth Richardson)

Backstage Life and Social Conditions in the Early 19th Century Theatre (Frances Hughes)
Walk Like an Egyptian cemetery tour (Cathie Bryan)
The Gruesome History of Body Snatching (Robert Stephenson)
Dickens Connections at Kensal Green (Signe Hoffos)

The Dissenters’ Chapel (Dr. Jennifer Freeman OBE)

Conserved Corpses from Egypt to Evita (Roert Stephenson)
Bigamists and Two-timers at Kensal Green Cemetery (Signe Hoffos

Better Thoughts of Death (David McAllister)
Scrooge, Marley & the Spirit of ‘A Christmas Carol’: Dickens’s London in the 1840s (Ruth Richardson)