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Paperback | $30.00 Trade | £25.00 | 240 pp. | 7 x 8.5 in | 178 color illus. | July 2018 | ISBN: 9781907222641
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The Honoured Dead

London Cemeteries in Old Photographs


Since they were established in the 1830s, London’s great cemeteries have inspired countless artists and photographers to record their quiet beauty and solemn majesty. 

Not just resting places for the city’s honoured dead, they also serve as great repositories of social, architectural, and geographic history, reflecting our changing attitudes to the great inevitable.

Featuring over 170 images, along with comprehensive notes, The Honoured Dead presents a rarely seen collection of archival postcards, drawings, and photographs gathered over many years by author and former funeral director Brian Parsons.

As well as the celebrated “Magnificent Seven” necropolises—Highgate, Kensal Green, West Norwood, Abney Park, Nunhead, Brompton, and Tower Hamlets—the book also documents cemeteries and burial sites throughout Greater London and its environs, some of them now themselves buried by time.

Providing a unique perspective on London’s past, and its shifting visual representation, The Honoured Dead is a collection to be remembered with flowers.

About the Author

Brian Parsons is the author of The Undertaker at Work (Strange Attractor Press ) and London Cemeteries: An Illustrated Guide and Gazetteer (with Hugh Meller).