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London Month of the Dead

I’m delighted to once again be involved with London Month of the Dead in 2021, a month-long festival which takes places every October and features a wide variety of talks, tours and performances on the theme of death. I will be leading three tours in 2021:

“In Search of the Gothic Revival” – a tour of West Norwood Cemetery, Saturday 16th October 2021, 11am and 2pm

Back by popular demand! Of the ‘Magnificent Seven’ cemeteries that opened on London’s outskirts in the early decades of the nineteenth century, West Norwood, designed by Sir William Tite in 1836, was the most sought-after burial place for the capital’s wealthy and illustrious. Businessmen, philanthropists, authors and preachers are among the thousands laid to rest there, including Mrs Beeton, author of the legendary Victorian book on household management; Henry Doulton, the founder of pottery firm Royal Doulton; and Henry Tate, who established the Tate Gallery. The cemetery’s stunning Greek Orthodox section contains the highest concentration of listed funerary monuments anywhere in Britain.

My guided walk around West Norwood will explore its Gothic Revival roots, admire its grand monuments and show how it proved to be an inspiration for other cemeteries worldwide.

“Dead Man’s Place – 2,000 years of Death in Southwark and Old Bankside” – Saturday 23rd October 2021, 11am and 2pm

Ever since Roman Londinium was first built on the north bank of the Thames, the area to the south of London Bridge has been the place where Londoners from all backgrounds could find people, industries and institutions whose activities were not permitted by the strict rules of the City. This walk will bring to life this area’s colourful past, including how Dead Man’s Place got its name, Southwark’s earliest African residents, the fate of the severed heads displayed on London Bridge, the tragic story of Crossbones Graveyard and why thousands of people originally buried near Borough Market now lie at rest in Surrey. An exploration of the long-lost streets, buildings and burial grounds of Bankside and Old Southwark can cast a light on some of the people who have lived and died here over the centuries.

My walk through this fascinating part of London will bring to life its history and a rich cast of characters including brewers, activists, prostitutes and even bodysnatchers.

“Plague and Scandal at the Clerk’s Well” – the burial grounds of Clerkenwell, Sunday 24th October 2021, 11am and 2pm

Clerkenwell is one of London’s oldest suburbs and over the centuries people of all kinds from the rich and the royal to the poorest and most vulnerable have lived and died here. Many of Clerkenwell’s ancient burial grounds have disappeared altogether, while others hide in plain sight. The stories of these burial grounds help to tell us the story of Clerkenwell itself and of its people and how it has changed from its beginnings as farmland to its present-day status as a gentrified urban district.

Join me on a walk through history that will bring to life stories of plague, scandal, progress and much more from Clerkenwell’s lost burial grounds.

Walks with Caroline has been awarded Visit Britain’s ‘We’re Good to Go‘ mark, which recognises the steps taken to ensure that tours are safe during the Covid-19 pandemic, with a specific Covid risk assessment in place and measures taken to ensure that tours will be fully compliant with government guidelines and with the safety of all participants given the highest priority. If you want to know more, or have a specific question about Covid-19 and how this affects walking tours, please get in touch.