Dr Death Strikes Again

London

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Every year the intriguing Robert Stephenson, City of London tour-guide, folklorist and gravestone expert, runs talks and walks around London. This summer season he’s talking about the temple of Diana inaugurated by Brutus upon which St Paul’s Cathedral is built, London’s more bonkers ceremonies and customs, its public execution sites (a popular favourite), its cemeteries (Kensall Green cemetery has the largest number of listed monuments in the country) and the annual Dr Death lecture, which this year looks at the posthumous indignities heaped upon famous corpses.

There will also be talks on London’s most curious stones and bones, and on the Knights Templar, their London properties and their brutal suppression. More than this, though, I cannot tell you, as he is a notoriously hard man to track down. He has a flyer which explains where he’ll be appearing and what he’ll be talking about, but rather unhelpfully it has no dates listed on it.

You can try Eventbrite, Friends Of Brompton Cemetery or the South East London Folklore Society. Beyond this, you’re on your own!

4 comments on “Dr Death Strikes Again”

  1. Simon says:

    Found the following entry on the City of London Events web site page; http://is.gd/i9zJ8Q

    2014/07/10 – Kensal Green Cemetery
    The long-term scandal of the City’s overcrowded churchyards led to the opening of London’s first purpose-built cemetery at Kensal Green in 1833. Robert Stephenson talks about its architecture, monuments and famous occupants.

    (Tickets can be booked via the web site entry)

  2. snowy says:

    He pops up at Guildhall Library every so often, but the events sell out quite fast.

  3. Vivienne says:

    Saw him in March at Kensal Green talking about conserving corpses. Fascinating. Will see if I can dig out the flyer when I get home and publish any dates left.

  4. Vivienne says:

    10 July 2pm Kensal Green Cemetery: History and Occupants
    14 August 6.30Brompton Cemetery Chapel: Posthumous Indignities of the Famous
    26 Aug 2 pm London’s most curious stones and bones: Guildhall Library
    29 Aug 6 pm Bishopsgate Institute: Knights Templar and their London connections

    Maybe see some people there

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