Mary Ann Bevan: the Ugliest Woman in the World. The latest instalment of London Epitaphs, a collection of fascinating short podcasts based on the headstones of Brockley and Ladywell Cemetery

In the 1920s, Mary Ann Bevan was known as the Ugliest Woman in the World but the story of how she came by the title is a tragic one. The third in a new series of true stories based on the gravestones of Brockley and Ladywell Cemetery in South East London. Read and researched by ...

Larry Donovan,champion bridge jumper: the second in a series of podcasts narrated and researched by Mike Guilfoyle

Larry Donovan was the self-styled champion bridge jumper of the world, but his pursuit of fame through aerial stunts became a dangerous obsession.The second in a new series of true stories based on the gravestones of Brockley and Ladywell Cemetery in South East London. Read and researched by Mike Guilfoyle and made by Tempest Productions.

Jane Clouson’s tragic story is the subject of this new podcast episode narrated by Mike Guilfoyle

In this podcast FOBLC historian Mike Guilfoyle tells the extraordinary story of Jane Clouson the 17 year old maid buried in the Brockley & Ladywell Cemeteries, whose murder became a legal cause celebre following the controversial acquittal of the accused, the wealthy Victorian gentleman Edmund Pook.For the full story read Paul Thomas Murphy's book 'Pretty Jane ...

Louis ‘Dri’ Drysdale (1883-1933): Famous Jamaican tenor buried in Brockley & Ladywell cemeteries

Finding out recently from deceasedonline.com records that the famous Jamaican tenor and singing professor, Louis 'Dri' Drysdale, was buried in Ladywell cemetery was a particularly welcome if serendipitous discovery.   Dri as he was popularly called died aged 49 years at his home on Westbourne Road, Forest Hill in March 1933.  Although the whereabouts of his ...

Grave of Circus Star SAMUEL LOCKHART restored

The FOBLC are pleased to announce the recent restoration of the Lockhart Family headstone in Brockley cemetery.   Samuel Lockhart was an accomplished clown and father of George and Samuel Lockhart, who became famous elephant trainers in the Victorian era.Thank you for the continuing commitment the Music Hall Guild has towards such historic restorations in ...

Grave of actor and comedian EDWARD LEWIS (1864-1922) restored

The FOBLC are pleased that The Music Hall Guild of Great Britain and America have been able to restore the final resting place of actor and comedian EDWARD LEWIS (1864-1922) who rests in Brockley Cemetery. Edward Lewis (inset) and his restored grave at Brockley Cemetery. Edward Lewis was born into a theatrical family and made his ...

Jane Clouson Book Reading by Paul Thomas Murphy

Paul Thomas Murphy's new book about the extraordinary murder of Jane Clouson  conclusively identifies the killer’s true identity.The FOBLC is proud to be hosting a reading of a new book about Jane Clouson, 'Pretty Jane and the Viper of Kidbrooke Lane' on Saturday 16th July from 2.30pm – 4pm at the Chapel in Ladywell Cemetery.Author Paul Thomas ...

Remembering Decadent Poet Ernest Dowson (1867-1900)

The Department of English and Comparative Literature at Goldsmiths, University of London hosted the first International symposium on the poet, translator and novelist Ernest Dowson on a storm -tossed saturnine Friday 14th April 2016.   Ernest Dowson who died in 1900 aged 32 is interred in Ladywell cemetery and his signature grave is a regular stopping point on guided walks ...

Director Derek Shiel to introduce screening in chapel of his film – David Jones: Innovation & Consolidation

FOBLC are pleased to welcome Derek Shiel, director of the film to introduce and discuss the work of David JonesDAVID JONES: INNOVATION & CONSOLIDATIONThe third film of Derek Shiel's wonderful trilogy takes David Jones from the Second World War up to the time of his death in 1974 at Calvary Nursing Home in Harrow. This deals with Jones as an ...

‘Gentle Courage’: Gertrude Eliza Williamson

The grave of Gertrude Eliza Williamson lies in the Ladywell section of the Brockley & Ladywell cemeteries. It is a simple grave which many people will have walked past without a second glance and the faded inscription on the headstone gives little away. The words 'my dear wife' indicate that Gertrude was married, but her ...