The Necropolis Railway - tour
Anyone who has read Andrew Martin's thriller "The Necropolis Railway", set just outside Waterloo, may be interested in a tour which includes a visit to the Necropolis railway HQ at 121 Westminster Bridge Road and Brookwood Cemetery, being organised by Anna Robinson, Local History Librarian, Lambeth Archives.
The trip has been arranged for Sunday 14th November. We will meet at 10.30am at 121 Westminster Bridge Road where John M Clarke - author of all history books written on the subject - will show us around. We will then proceed to the station to catch a train to Brookwood. After lunch we will be shown round the cemetery. The tour ends at 3pm and people can either make their way home or take an optional tour of St Edward the Martyr's church. This unusual church houses the remains of Edward the Martyr and is a Russian orthodox church in the English countryside.
Lambeth is not charging for the event but the friends of Brookwood cemetery usually request a donation of at least £2. They are not funded and carry out all the restoration work from their donations.
A cheap day return to Brookwood is £8.90. However, if enough people bring network cards we can keep the costs down - bring one if you have one.
The pub near the station offers Sunday lunch at £5.95. They need to know numbers in advance so let me know if you want one - otherwise you can bring sandwiches.
To book e-mail me [email protected] or ring on 020 7926 6076
Local History Librarian
52 Knatchbull Road
London SE5 9QT
Necropolis enthusiasts will probably be interested in the following:
20:30 One Way to Necropolis
"In search of a coffin ticket, a Victorian funeral train and the guardians of what was once the world's largest cemetery, Alan Dein retraces the route of the Necropolis Railway - from Waterloo to Woking - and uncovers the story of the station of the dead."
Having missed the September tour of the former station, I hope that someone may organise a repeat visit.
Lang Rabbie Wrote:
> Edited to add: you must be one of those wicked
> people who have the forum rather than the
> www.london-sw1.co.uk homepage in your favourites
Gosh, you guys are quick! I thought I had breaking news, having finally found time to read last Friday's South London Press. Lambeth Head of Archives, Jon Newman, writes about this on page 34, "One-way ticket on the train of death". Apparently the return tickets to Brookwood were cheaper that the price of travelling on the main railway, which explains "the sighting of many black-clad golfers in the Surrey golf clubs". The tour last year was great, and I was pleased to meet some SE1 Forum lurkers at the station, so I hope it will be repeated, although perhaps not on such a cold day!